The 150th year jubilee of the receiving of the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was inaugurated in the Liguori Province at Nitya Sahaya Matha Bhavan, Chowara on June 27. The celebrations for the inauguration lasted for ten days. We had nine days of solemn novena from June 18 to 26. Each day’s liturgical celebrations began with reciting of the rosary. It was followed by the Holy Qurbana (Holy Mass), novena and benediction. Fr. Joseph Valachathinakathu, Vicar Provincial of the Liguori Province, was the main celebrant on the first day of the novena. Priests from the neighbouring parishes were invited for the rest of the days’ novena.
The jubilee was inaugurated on June 27. Mar George Madathikandathil, the bishop of the diocese of Kothamangalam, was the main celebrant for the inaugural Holy Qurbana. In his homily Mar Madathikandathil described our Mother as a source of salvation. His Excellency also blessed an Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and placed it for public veneration. We then had a procession carrying the Icon. The liturgical celebrations came to end with the solemn novena and benediction. Hundreds of devotees of our Mother attended the inaugural celebrations in spite of heavy rain. Confreres from different communities, priests and religious from nearby places too attended the inauguration of the jubilee.
Besides the province level inauguration, each community too had the inauguration of the jubilee in their respective places. The province has already planned different ways to celebrate the jubilee in a meaningful way. We hope that these celebrations will help to spread the devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
Fr. Baby Verananickal, C.Ss.R.