An annual popular Marian feast was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Bonpara in the Rajshahi Catholic diocese in Bangladesh on 10 February.
Bishop Gervas Rozario celebrated the Eucharist with seven priests, fifteen nuns, and over two thousand faithful.
This year for spiritual preparation, from 1 to 9 February with celebrated the Novena prayers, candle lighting, Way of the Cross, Rosary prayer and other forms of giving honor to Our Lady of Lourdes to ahead of the feast.
On February 10, the eve of the celebration, the people prayed the rosary and attended Mass led by Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi diocese.
In his homily, Bishop Gervas Rozario said, "I am really happy to attend this festival and it is good that we gather together on this pilgrimage to pray to our heavenly mother. "
"Mother Mary is the mother of Jesus. But Jesus himself gave us his mother. So, if we truly believe and pray, trusting in her she brings our prayers to God and God grants us that prayer, " said Bishop Rozario.
Lillian Costa, a Marian devotee, said, "During the pandemic time I received many blessings from Mother Mary and She saved my life and protected my family members. So, today I give thanks and express my gratitude to Mother Mary."
Parish Priest Father Dilip S. Costa thanked all the faithful and invited the pilgrims to pray the rosary every day in family because Mother Mary is our protector from all kinds of danger in our life.
Our Lady of Lourdes is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary recalling her apparitions in 1858 in the grotto at Lourdes, France to Saint Bernadette Soubirous, a fourteen-year-old peasant girl.
Our Lady instructed Bernadette to dig in the ground nearby, from which came a spring of water with healing properties, active to this day.
The Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Bonpara was established in the Diocese of Rajshahi in 1940. - Nikhil Gomes
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