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Vibrant celebration in thanks of St Thomas


The Indian Catholic community of Adelaide came together to celebrate the feast of St Thomas the Apostle, the patron saint of India, on July 3.

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The colourful and joyful Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral was celebrated by Archbishop Patrick O’Regan and attended by more than 200 people as well as being live streamed through the Archdiocesan website.

A traditional welcoming ceremony called the Maha Aarathi (Three Circles) was performed by young Indian girls holding symbols of light, fragrance and incense.

Archbishop O’Regan said he was delighted to be present for this “wonderful feast day of St Thomas”.

“It goes to the very heart of our faith and sums up in such a simple and beautiful way what it’s all about – my Lord and my God.

“So we gather together today to celebrate God’s great mercy in sending us the gift of Thomas throughout the world and into our world today.

“He becomes a model of faith for us, he is our twin and also our hope because he wanted to have a special relationship with the Risen Lord, that Risen Lord stands in our midst tonight.

“So may the Lord touch you deeply with His hope so that we too in our own way echo Thomas’ great statement – my Lord and my God.”

The Mass included traditional hymns sung by an Indian choir and prayers of the faithful in different Indian languages.



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