Blessed Padre Noronha’s Feast 2017

The 81st Memorial Feast of Fr. R.Z. Noronha, the Saintly Father of Brahmavar, who was declared as Blessed by the Catholicos (Supreme Head / Pope of Indian Orthodox Church) in 2016, was held on July 22nd & 23rd in grand & pompous manner at St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Brahmavar, where he is entombed.
His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Metropolitan-Bombay Diocese, was the Chief Celebrant on this occasion.
The feast began on Saturday 22nd of July with receiving of “Festam vojem / Hore Kannike” bought by St. Thomas Church, Sastan & St. Peter’s & Paul’s Church, Kurady. Then, a 3km long procession was taken from the Cathedral into the Brahmavar town, where in more than 300 people participated. Fr. Noronha who is much venerated by the locals belonging to all faith, caste & creed, received the procession with great joy, and humbly bowed their heads to the portrait of their beloved ‘Padre Noronha’.
The service of Saturday concluded with vespers and sermon delivered by Mar Coorilos.
On Sunday, 23rd of July, the Festal Holy Mass was celebrated. Mar Coorilos was assisted in celebration of the Mass by Rev. Fr. Lawrence Dsouza & Rev. Fr. David Crasta, both the Asst. Vicars of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Brahmavar,
In the Homily delivered during the Mass by Mar Coorilos, he recounted the great efforts of Blessed Alvares Mar Julius & Blessed Noronha, the two stalwarts of Brahmavar Church. Mar Coorilos stated Fr. Noronha, suffered much humiliation, insult & suffering at the hands of powerful authorities. Yet, today God has raised Padre Noronha to be a blessed Saint. Hence, life of Padre Noronha should be greatly meditated upon, for it is not the worldly acclamation, but God & His righteousness that brings true glory to us. After the Mass, incense & prayers were offered at the tomb of Padre Noronha.
During the occasion the high scoring students were felicitated & scholarships were distributed. Mar Coorilos was also felicitated and presented with a portrait of Padre Noronha.
More than 2500 faithful participated and on both days food was served to all.
This year’s sponsorship was taken by Mr. Michael Lewis & Fly., Brahmavar.
Rev. Fr. Issac C.A., Vicar General expressed vote of thanks to all. Rev. Fr. Abraham Kuriakose, Rev. Fr. Noel Lewis & Rev. Fr. Joseph Chacko were also present.
News by Fr. Noel Lewis & Fr. Abraham Kuriakose, Pics by Avinash Roche (Zion studio, Brahmavar)