Thursday, June 21, 2012

VETTUCAUD CHURCH

"Come unto me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest" the
galvanizing presence of  Jesus who give this promise has made Madre-de-Deus Church, Vettucaud the  refuge  of hundreds and thousands of pilgrims.
On the water border Trivandrum District in Kerala, on the shores washed by the Arabian Sea stands the Madre-de-Deus Church,Vettucaud.
It is situated 7 km from Trivandrum City, 5km from Trivandrum International Airport, 3 km from famous tourist attraction ' Sanghum Mukham Beach' of Trivandrum.



It is believed that the 'Madre-de-Deus Church at Vettucaud in Trivandrum was got established by St.Francis Xavier.
Earlier Priests from Goa used to  attend the spiritual needs of the community.
The Church was rebuilt in the year 1934 under the Latin Arch Diocese of Thiruvananthapuram.
The image of  'Christ the King' was gifted by Carmen Miranda of Vettucaud  in 1942  and was blessed and installed by  the then Bishop  of Cochin Rt.Rev.Jose Viera Alvernez on Oct 11, 1942.
From the very day of the installation believers began to have visions and experiences of the Divine presence.Many people mentally and physically afflicted were cured of their ailments.
The number of devotees visiting the shrine of 'Christ the King' increased gradually and now it has reached a never ending flow of pilgrims to Vettucaud.People belonging to all religions and faith come to this holy land to unburden their sins.
Worship at the feet of 'Christ the King' on every Friday is attended by many believers.
The income from the church is utilized for several social activities like for helping the poor
people for treatment of ailments, for the marriage expenses  of poor women,building houses for homeless,giving scholarships  for intelligent students etc.
The annual celebration of this Shrine is called as the 'Feast of Christ the King'.The feast is  celebrated for ten days culminating in the last Sunday of the liturgical Year.It is held in November and it will be ending on the third Sunday of November.
Various religious rites are carried out during the festival days.On the last Sunday of the feast the image of the Christ the King is taken out in a large colorful procession in which thousands of people participates.
This festival is regarded as the biggest Church festival in the District of Trivandrum.

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