|Angels accompany this Blessed Virgin Mary as |
she is assumed into heaven, in a Feast of the
Assumption drama at Sacred Heart of Jesus
Mission in Kakinada.
"We have already bought the rice and groceries for the poor and 10 sarees for widows," wrote Fr. Varghese, several days before the August 15th Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To honor "Mother Mary," wrote Father, faithful distributed these gifts to the needy, and were active with singing practice and creating a drama for the Assumption, featuring Mary with the angels.
Mission youth worked, prayed and played together in the days leading up to the Assumption. They helped plan events and decorate, and kept the compound lively.
Bedecked with flowers...the Blessed Mother
is honored inside the hall that serves as
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.
|Fr. Varghese's classmate, Fr. Vijay, came from Hyderabad to |
celebrate the Feast of the Assumption Mass. Here, he is blessing
holy water for a baptism on that day.
|The catechism children of the various grade levels |
decorated little prayer altars to honor the blessed Mother.
On August 15th, all of India celebrates Independence Day, marking the day in 1947 that this land broke free of colonial power from England and established itself as a free and independent nation. So Assumption Day festivities included the presentation of the Indian flag and a flag-hoisting ceremony.
On the day after the Assumption, Archbishop Prakash Mallavarapu passed through on his way back to his residence in Visakhapatnam. He stopped for lunch at the Mission, visiting with Frs. Varghese, Baskhar and Vijay, the people, and the Missionaries of Charity down the street, who are loved members of Sacred Heart's community.
|A Sacred Heart welcome.|
|Missionaries of Charity greet Archbishop Prakash|
Mallavarapu at their Kakinada residence.
|"My soul doth magnify the Lord..."|