Processions and rosaries strengthen Marian devotion

The event organised by the Legion of Mary under the auspices of Bishop Harold Anthony Perera of Kurunegala was attended by leaders of the Sri Lankan Catholic Church.

Sri Lanka
Oct 28 2013, 6:08 PM
Processions and rosaries strengthen Marian devotion

Thousands of Marian devotees gathered in Kurunegala for the recitation of a special ‘national Rosary’ focused on ‘Jesus through Mary’ on October 16.

The event organised by the Legion of Mary under the auspices of Bishop Harold Anthony Perera of Kurunegala was attended by leaders of the Sri Lankan Catholic Church.

Sri Lankan Catholics have a deep Marian devotion, especially in the months of May and October, dedicated to Our Lady. Thousands of faithful recite the Holy Rosary and adoration in different areas of the country during the months.

The day of prayer began at 10 am at the College of St. Anne, in the presence of thousands of faithful from all over the country, and ended with a solemn Mass at the Maligapitiya esplanade. The elderly and sick joined others along with bishops, priests, nuns and religious in a solemn procession.

In his homily, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Renjith said: "We have a mother on earth and a heavenly Mother, who takes care of us. Catholics rely on the loving care of Mary, because we can be sure and certain that she loves us."

Many Catholics shared their devotion. Ramani Fernando, a woman from the Diocese of Kandy in the Central Province, said, "Praying like this, like one big family, is a great blessing for us." Yohani Peiris, a young girl of the Diocese of Gall in the Southern Province, said that when she prayed to the Virgin she felt great relief and protection.

Source: AsiaNews

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