Two days Annual Pilgrimage of Mother Mary at Gujrat
Gujrat (Babu Ahsan) – As every year, in the month of October, which is dedicated to the Holy Rosary by the Mother Church, pilgrimages are organized in different parishes across Pakistan in honor of the Holy Mother Mary, in which the faithful participate with great enthusiasm & faith and offer their intercessions to the Holy Mother Mary.
26th Annual Pilgrimage was organized at Holy Rosary Parish, Gujrat on 6th & 7th October, 2023, with the theme of “The Holy Mother Mary, Teacher of Families.”
A large number of faithful from inside and outside of the city participated in the said pilgrimage.
Holy Mass on the first day was presided over by Fr. Khan Paulos OMI, Superior of the OMI Congregation while Fr. Kashif Ghauri, OMI (from Lahore), Fr. Louis Akash (from Jhelum), Fr. Abid Saleem OMI (Parish Priest, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Gujrat), Fr. Amanat Chaman OMI (Assistant Priest, Holy Rosary Catholic Church) and Fr. Adnan Barkat OMI (Assistant Priest, Holy Rosary Catholic Church) were con-celebrants. Holy Mass was also attended by the sisters, Rosary groups and a big number of evangelists & faithful of the local parish.
In his homily, Fr. Khan Paulos OMI, focusing on the theme of the day was “The Intercession of the Holy Mother Mary and Statues.” He said beautifully explained about the difference between the statues and idols.
He further explained about how these statues were used in both Old and New Testament. He specifically said that they do not place the statue of the Holy Mother Mary in place of God, but that we respectfully place it in our eyes and offer our intercessions to God in the presence of the Lord God.
In the Holy Mass, special prayers were also offered for peace and progress of the country and for the goals of the diocese.
After the Holy Mass, the prayer of healing was led by Fr. Louis Akash, and the faithful received the anointing from God to quench their spiritual thirst with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
The second day began with the Holy Rosary Prayer led by Sr. Irene OP. All the Rosary groups offered the Mysteries of Joy in a dramatic presentation.
After the Rosary Prayer, the choirs presented their offerings of devotion to the Holy Mother Mary in the form of songs through music and voice.
At around 7:00 pm, the Holy Mass was presided over by Fr. Kashif Ghori (OMI). The theme of the day was “The Holy Mother Mary, Teacher of Families.” Fr. Kashif Ghauri (OMI) explained about the Holy Family and said that Holy Family is the greatest example of family life. He explained the problems faced in family life in the present situation and the violation of family relationships through social examples.
After the Holy Mass, the cake of the Feast of Lady of the Rosary was cut and Fr. Abid Saleem OMI (Parish Priest, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Gujrat) thanked all the fathers, sisters, evangelists, groups who served during the pilgrimage of the Holy Mother Mary, and the district administration to make the program a success.
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