PUSHPASHRAMA SOLEMNIZES THE NATIVITY OF OUR HEAVENLY MOTHER
“You are the Daughter of Zion, the Ark of the Covenant
and the new Eve. You are the honor; you are the glory of our
people, Virgin Mother Mary”.
The day to which all the Catholics look forward to finally
arrived! After nine days of intense preparation and offering
flowers to Infant Mary, we on 8th of September celebrated
with great joy and jubilation the nativity of our dear
Mother Mary. The mass was celebrated at 6:45 am with Fr.
Lawrence D’ Mello as the main celebrant. The new corn was
blessed and the euphoria of the day was initiated.
Meanwhile, the Fathers and the brothers involved themselves
in various committees of cooking, decorating and of prayer
service to celebrate this family feast. The refectory was
decorated by floral artists with banana shoots, mango leaves
and colorful flowers surrounding the beautiful statue of Our
Lady of Mount Carmel. The Chefs and cooks busied themselves
in the kitchen to prepare mouth watering dishes like Patrade,
Sanna, Alu dente and other vegetarian dishes that counted
over 43 in number. At the same time, during the family meal
the dramatists and stage actors put a beautiful skit on how
the presence of prayer and love can bind a broken family.
Intercessory prayers were prayed in different languages and
the new corn was added in the milk by Fr. Rector and
distributed to all. The meal was savored by everyone along
with the domestic staff.
In the evening at 6:30, after offering of flowers to Mary
near her Grotto, solemn mass was held which was presided
over by Fr. Oswald. He preached a meaningful homily on the
nativity of Mary and elaborated the significance of Mary and
her titles as foreseen in the Old Testament. The seraphic
choir and the liturgy were conducted by children who with
their innocent voices added zest to the celebration. After
the mass, cake and sugarcane was distributed to the people
who with great joy returned to their nests, once again
whispering, “Happy Birthday Mamma Mary!