11 Rosary Rallies and Marian Carnival at Amboli - Coretta D’Souza & Ashita D’almeida

posted Oct 24, 2018, 7:14 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 7:14 AM ]
As part of the National Rosary Crusade from August 15 to October 7, 2018, the parish of St Blaise at Amboli, Andheri (W), held Rosaries conducted by its twenty-eight Communities, and Rosary Rallies conducted by the various groups in the church. This not only brought parishioners together in prayer and devotion to Our Lady, but also helped in contemplating on the Mysteries in a different and innovative manner. The first Rosary Rally was conducted by the Confirmation Candidates by enacting still-image tableaus depicting each Mystery at different grottos of Our Lady around the Church of St Blaise. The second was conducted by the Senior Citizens' group; every decade was dedicated to a cause – the sick, aged and lonely, the crises all over the world, the devastated state of Kerala, the youth and families all over the world. The third was conducted by the Sunday School children; the younger children enacted each of the five Joyful Mysteries, while the older children narrated the dialogues of the skit. The fourth was conducted by the Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers and English Sodalists. Each decade was preceded by five roses being placed in a vase at the feet of Our Lady. This was to express human failures and weaknesses and to implore Mother Mary's intercession and blessings. The fifth was conducted by the Youth Group which focused on the social issues being faced today, from sexual harassment to the problems faced by the Indian Army, to the religion and caste system, natural calamities, and even suicide. The sixth and last Rosary Rally was conducted by the Children's Convention group; they enacted the five Sorrowful Mysteries in a Shadow Act. All who attended this were deeply touched, and the children themselves were filled with many spiritual fruits.