Devotions

Holy Mass

Holy Mass is regularly celebrated in the St.Alphonsa Shrine Church everyday. The regular Mass is preceded by ladeenj and followed by intercessory prayers. Eucharistic celebrations by visiting priests are also held the time-schedule of which is regulated in accordance with advance bookings. The pilgrim fathers may join the regular Mass as co-celebrants

 

Ramsa (Divine Office)

 

The Divine Office recited at regular canonical hours is called ramsa in Syriac. It reminds the faithful of the redemptive plan of God.The canonical hours in the Latin rite are matins (with lauds), prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline. In times past, the St. Thomas Christians also followed a like pattern. At present the Syro-Malabarean canonical hours are ramsa(evening prayer), leliya (nightly prayer) and saapra (morning prayer).The ramsa in St .Alphonsa Shrine Church is held from 4 P.M. As the prayers are being recited, the heady fumes wafting away from the incense burning in the censer suffuse the scene with a heavenly aroma. Proclamation of the divine word is also part of the sacred ceremony. The ramsa is led by the priests of the diocese of  Palai and nuns of various congregations.Vespers (ramsa) is followed by the Holy Mass at 5 pm. On Sundays the Mass starts before the vespers at 3.00 p.m. During the Lent Vespers starts at 3.45 p.m..

 

Night Vigil

                        Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament is held in the Shrine Church under the rubric of the Palai Diocesan Evangelization Team. It starts at 7.15 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month after the candle-lit rosary procession, continues into the following Sunday, and ends at 4.30 a.m. with the Benediction. Holy Mass is celebrated before and after the adoration. 

 

 The Sacrement of Penance ( Cofession)

 

Many people have a conversional experience in the sanctifying presence of the saint who had led many a soul from the wrath of God to the path of good. Eventually, they repent and choose to confess their sins. Priests competent at offering edifying counseling hear the confession on all days.

 

Candle-lit Rosary Procession

          On all Saturdays and on the 9 days preceding the Feast of the Saint on 28 July, the candle-lit rosary procession starts at around 6.15 p.m. after the Ladeenj, the Mass and the Novena. The procession ends with solemn blessing at 7.00 p.m. Thereafter, devotees also can pay homage to the relics of the Saint. People desirous of sponsoring the procession may pay the necessary fee at the office.

N.B.  The ‘Alphonsa Light’ designed by the Centre is sold here.

 

Initiation to the World of Letters – ‘Ezhuthiniruthu’

          Knowledge is god given and a child must be initiated to the world of letters by an ordained ‘Guru’ (Priest). Observing this tradition children are brought here to write the first words under the prayerful supervision of a priest. Children can be initiated to the world of letters on any day. The solemn ceremony on the Pentecost is led by bishops and a team of priests at 8.30 a.m. Bookings for the same may be made in advance

 Blessing of Vehicles

          In order to get blessed, small vehicles may be parked near the counter in front of the office of the pilgrim center and large ones in the ground.

Blessing & Adima(Self-dedication to the Saint or offering oneself as a devotee)

 

A Large number of pilgrims solemnly dedicate themselves to St.Alphonsa and commend their life to her care.   Fervent devotees come forward to offer themselves fully to the Lord through the mediation of the Saint Alphonsa in the presence and with the blessings of a priest who prays for them by laying his anointed hands over their heads. All days after the liturgical celebrations it is possible to make this self offering here. Arrangements for the ceremony are in place on all days.

A Day of Prayer
Another devotional practice here is to spend an entire day at the Shrine reciting the novena prayer, attending the Holy Mass and spending the time in meditation and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament & Tomb of  St Alphonsa here.