Vespers on the eve of Annual Parish Feast observed in St. Lawrence Church, Moodubelle

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By Dr. Eugene DSouza
Bellevision Media Network

Udupi/M’Belle, 04 Jan 2022: Vespers in anticipation of the Annual Parish Feast was observed with great devotion in St. Lawrence Parish, Moodubelle on Tuesday, 04 January 2022. The chief features of the Vespers were the blessing of the Cherel of St. Lawrence on the Cross Hill next to the church, meditation on the Word of God and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. 


Fr. Prakash Monteiro, Principal of St. Philomena Colllege, Puttur was the chief celebrant of the Vespers.



At 6.50 pm, parishioners proceeded to the Cross Hill where the youth carried the Cherel of St. Lawrence. After a brief prayer service, Fr. Prakash Monteiro recited the prayer in Kannada, blessed and incensed the Cherel. Thereafter, people returned in procession to the church.


Following the readings from the Holy Scripture, Fr. Prakash Monteiro  delivering the homily in Kannada language. He narrated the true meaning of the church community in light of the passage from the Holy Gospel of Mathew.


Following the homily, Fr. Prakash Monteiro conducted the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.



The surroundings of the church kept up the aura of the annual feast. The church building as well as the shrine, belfry and grotto were illuminated with colourful lights changing the colour and patters at regular intervals. 


Stalls with variety of articles and consumer items have been set up in the vacant space that was available in the church premises. 


Devotees of St. Lawrence were seen praying in front of the Shrine of St. Lawrence and offering lighted candles.



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