ANNUAL FEAST OF OUR LADY OF ROSARY SHRINE, PULUMALAI
[Fr. Peduru jeevaraj]
The annual Feast of Our Lady of Rosary Shrine, Pulumalai was celebrated on the 5th May, 2013. Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Ponniah was the chief Celebrant. Very Rev. Fr. Dias also accompanied the bishop.
Rev. Frs. F.X. Dias, Douglas James, Mahimaidas, Ambrose, Antonydas, Philip, Antony Jeyaraj concelebrated the mass. Lots of Marian devotees participated in the feast mass.
A pilgrimage is aÂ sacred journeyÂ in which God is encountered through the places, people and situations a pilgrim meets. The physical journey coincides with an innerÂ spiritual journeyÂ that reflects the concept of life itself as a pilgrimage towards heaven. Taking part in a pilgrimage offers more than just spiritual benefits. It enriches the mindÂ as well as the soul, by seeing how other people live.
"The desire to be a pilgrim is deeply rooted inÂ human nature. Since the earliest times, pilgrimage to pulumalai has been made as acts of devotion, penance or thanksgiving, or to seek blessings or miracles" said the then parish priest and the present bishop of batticaloa diocese, Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph ponniah in his homily.
When speaking to Fr. Antony Jeyaraj, the son of the soil said â€œPilgrimage to theÂ Our Lady of Rosary shrine, pulumaiÂ has long been enshrined in the traditions of the people of Batticaloa.â€