FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF MARY! : PUSHPASHRAMA
Graceful Mother, born without any sin, Graceful Mother of
Jesus, save us from life’s din!
The feast every catholic looks forward, a joy for the
Marian, a delight for a vegetarian and a glee for a
communitarian - ‘The Monthi Feast’. The feast of the
nativity of the Blessed mother of God was solemnized at
Infant Jesus Shrine Pushpashrama! This year the feast fell
on a Sunday, giving us the opportunity to double the
celebrations. Right before the Mass, at 8 am, the entire
congregation gathered before the grotto of our Lady, and
everyone, young and old, offered flowers to the new-born
Blessed Virgin! Also the new harvest keeping up with our
tradition of offering the first fruits were blessed. After
the offering, everyone moved to the church in a procession,
carrying the Infant Mary’s statue! The solemnity, as usual
on a Sunday, was celebrated in English. Most of the
community fathers joined in the con celebration of the
Eucharistic Meal! It was Fr. Oswald who presided over the
celebration who with his comprehensive grasp of the Holy
Bible showcased how the birth of Mother Mary was foreseen in
the Sacred Scripture.
Our brothers having animated the liturgy; put up an act
accentuating the aspect of loneliness in the life of a young
man, and how he could be healed by few kind words! It was a
heart-touching performance! People were moved to tears and
hopefully they must have carried the message home. Many
young children joined the brothers in creating a melodious
singing that filled the congregation with angelic joy! The
prayers of faithful was prayed in different languages to
promote the diversity of the feast and its culture. All the
children who attended the novena faithfully were felicitated
along with the other kids.
After the mass everyone was given sugarcane, to enhance the
joy of the day! We were very happy that many sponsors came
forward to contribute towards the expenses of the sugarcane
on the feast day as well as to sponsor sweets to children on
the days of novena!
Soon after the Holy Sacrifice, the community got busy in
preparing house for the celebrations; it included decorating
the common refectory, cooking a delicious meal from very
many vegetables and much more! At lunch time, the community
gathered together and brothers briefed everyone about the
significance of the celebration of Monti fest as per the
Mangalorean tradition as well as the legend behind the Onam
celebrations. Prayers were then made for several intentions
in various languages from the east to west, which again
emphasized the cultural dynamism that we enjoy in the house!
Following this, was a skit put up by the ‘mundu’ clad
brothers bringing out the significance of vegetables.
Creative as they are, they played the skit in a unique way
considering how it would be if the vegetables had a
provincial chapter at Pushpashrama.
The sumptuous vegetarian meal was then served which was
cooked by the community! After the meal, the celebrations
concluded with the singing of the ‘Laudate domine,’ an
ancient hymn in praise of Almighty God, who is the Giver of