Canonization celebrations at Bharananganam
The sacred ceremony for the canonization of Blessed Alphonsa commences on October 12th 2008 at 9.30 a.m. in the St.Peter’s Square in Vatican. At the same time many relevant programmes are being arranged at Bharananganam also. There will be Holy Qurbana from 5.30 to 11.30 a,m. in every hour at Alphonsa Chapel Bharananganam on 12th October. Mission League of the Bharananganam Forane has arranged a procession carrying the statue of the Saint in that area. This procession will reach the venue at 11.30 a.m. Geevarghese Mar Divannyasios the bishop of Bathery will celebrate Solemn Holy Mass at 11.30 a.m. Arrangements have been made to live telecast of the sacred ceremony in Vatican. This programme will be from 12.30 to 4.30 p.m.
Then Rev. Msgr. George Choorakatt will celebrate Solemn Holy Mass at 4.30 p.m. followed by a solemn procession in the church premises.
Various spiritual programmes have been arranged from October 31st to November 9th. There will be Solemn Holy Mass at Alphonsa Chapel on all these days at 8.15 a.m., 11.00 a.m. and 4.15 p.m.
Seminars on the life and spirituality of the Saint are being arranged for laymen on 6th afternoon and for religious, a full day seminar on 7th. Cultural programmes are also arranged on 6th and 7th evening. On the 8th October 101 novices of the Clarist Congregation will take their first religious profession and receive their religious habit. This will be followed by a candle light procession.
The culmination of the spiritual celebration is the Concelebrated Holy Mass and a Public Meeting on 9th October. The Public Meeting commences exactly at 2.30 p.m. This meeting will be presided over by H.E. Leonardo Sandri and Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of the Republic of India will inaugurate the general assembly. Mar Varkey Vithayathil, Major Archbishop will welcome the gathering. Papal Nuntio Pedro Lopez Quintana, Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Acharuparampil, Mar Joseph Perumthottam, Mar Joseph Powathil, Mar Joseph Pallikaparampil, Mother Ceelia FCC, Fr. Francis Vadakkel, Fr. Sebastian Mundumoozhikkara , Dr. A T Devasia will speak on the occasion. Mar Joseph Kallarangatt, the Bishop of Palai, will propose a vote of thanks.
The Concelebrated Holy Mass is expected to begin at 4.15 p.m. Mar Varkey Vithayathil will officiate as the main celebrant. Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos will give the homily during the Holy Mass. The celebration is supposed to be closed by 6.30 p.m.