Merciful Jesus ‘stands out’ in Madhya Pradesh
The ‘Statue of the Divine Mercy of Jesus’, about 13 metres high, is a monument dedicated to the mercy of God for those who seek him, says the Bishop.
Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, blessed the tallest statue of Jesus in India on September 30 in Sagar in Madhya Pradesh state.
"The size of the statue is a message that is intended to show the immensity of the mercy of Jesus," Bishop Anthony Chirayath of Sagar explained the vision for building a shrine that houses the statue dedicated to the merciful Jesus.
“The ‘Statue of the Divine Mercy of Jesus’, about 13 metres high, is a monument dedicated to the mercy of God for those who seek him," said the Bishop.
More than 20 Bishops and pilgrims from India and other parts of the world were present at the blessing ceremony on Monday.
The people call the shrine which is 15 km from the town of Sagar in the village of Khajooria Guru as ‘Dayasagar’ (Ocean of Mercy).
The statue weighs 1.5 tons and is set on a concrete base of 30 metres to protect it from storms and earthquakes. It was made of thermosetting material and is 5 metres wide and one metre deep. The rays of the heart of Jesus are 6.4 metres long.
The Bishop of Sagar had the idea to erect the monumental statue in October 2007 during a visit to San Francisco in USA. He had the vision of a sanctuary of Divine Mercy and heard an inner voice asking him to build a shrine in Sagar dedicated to the Divine Mercy, after receiving the gift of a sacred image of the Divine Mercy on canvas. The Bishop consecrated his diocese to the Divine Mercy in 2007 and decided to create a sanctuary and a chapel dedicated to Saint Maria Faustina, housing a relic of the saint donated by the Congregation of Sisters of Merciful Jesus in Poland. Today pilgrims of all faiths come to the sanctuary for prayer, meditation, Eucharistic adoration, spiritual healing.
Source: Agenzia Fides