Christians journey to St. Thomas shrine in Kerala ahead of Good Friday

   Apr 5, 5:01 pm

Malayattoor, Apr 5 (ANI): Scores of Christians trekked to the holy shrine of Saint Thomas in Malayattoor town in Kerala's Ernakulam District to offer special prayers for Good Friday.

Devotees carried heavy wooden crosses as they climb up to the rocky slope leading to the shrine of St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, symbolic of Christ's suffering before crucifixion.

It is believed that praying at this shrine leads to fulfilment of the wishes and thus devotees throng the venue in large numbers.

"After performing all the prayers and fasting, we carry this cross to the mount and believe that all the grace and blessing of god is with us. That is the reason why we are able to carry the cross and walk all through the way to this place," said Sebastian, a devotee.

"We witnessed a lot of miracles after walking the way of Christ to this mount like many were blessed with children; many were relieved of their diseases. Now I am climbing this mount after having a heart operation for two times without any difficulty and for the past twelve years," said Joseph Martin, another devotee.

The shrine of Saint Thomas is accorded an international status by the Vatican and it is situated at 1,208 feet above sea level.

Good Friday is the culmination of the Lent for the Roman Catholics as well as the Holy week, which starts from Palm Sunday, and it takes place two days before the Easter Sunday, which will be observed this year on April 8. (ANI)

China should come forward to help India in its NSG bid: Defence Expert Jun 29, 3:42 pm
New Delhi, June 29 (ANI): Defence Expert Qamar Agha on Wednesday said China being a permanent member of the Security Council has extra responsibilities and thus should come forward and support India in its bid to enter the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Full Story
MHRD launches position paper on 'Early Language and Literacy' Jun 29, 2:59 pm
New Delhi, June 29, (ANI): CARE India in partnership with USAID has released a position paper on 'Early Language and Literacy', articulating the principles for developing successful reading and writing skills for children between 3-8 years of age.
Full Story
Encounters have increased in border areas: Parrikar Jun 29, 2:59 pm
New Delhi, June 29 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday asserted that there has been an increase in the number of encounters taking place in the border areas.
Full Story
Salman isn't apologetic over rape metaphor: NCW Jun 29, 2:31 pm
New Delhi, June 29 (ANI): National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam today said that Bollywood actor Salman Khan has not apologised for his 'raped woman' analogy which ignited a public outrage.
Full Story
Comments