The Southern Deanery’s monthly Mass for the Jubilee of Mercy produced an enthusiastic turnout as it so happened to fall on the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It was hosted by the parishes of St Thomas, Lenasia and St Joseph, Mayfair. Mass was celebrated by Fr Raymond McQuarrie, assisted by Fr Mathieu van Vlierden, as well as Fr Laszlo Kapati, Fr John Thompson and various other priests.
The evening began with adoration, benediction, reciting of the Rosary and litany of the saints and Mass. It was extremely special since parishioners of St Thomas presented candles to the statue of Our Lady after every reading from the Rosary, as well as offering, before Mass, a garland for all the priests in attendance.
Before the reading from the Gospel took place, it was presented to the community and accompanied by a liturgical dance performed by parishioners of St Thomas in traditional dress. It was a holy, but joyous, occasion.
A birthday cake was served to all in attendance at the end of the evening to commemorate the birth of Our Lady.
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