Visitation parish feast and launching of year-long celebration

The Feast of the Visitation of The Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated on May 31, saw a crowd of about 2,000 faithful from all four-language groups gathered at the Church of The Visitation.

Jun 16, 2017

SEREMBAN (Herald Malaysia): The Feast of the Visitation of The Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated on May 31, saw a crowd of about 2,000 faithful from all four-language groups gathered at the Church of The Visitation.

This annual feast of the Visitation, which dates back to the 12th/13th centuries, is the extraordinary and joyful meeting between two pregnant women (Mary with the child Jesus and her cousin Elizabeth with the child John the Baptist) in the hill country town of Judah as recorded in the Gospel of St Luke 1:39 – 56. The feast, with the theme Mary, help us to be missionaries first in our families and then to all persons was the culmination of the nine days of Novena with Rosary and Mass which began on May 23 (two out of the nine days were set aside for Prayer, Reflection, Novena, Rosary and Fellowship at BEC level).

The celebration began with the recitation of the Rosary at 7.00pm and then proceeded with the multi-lingual Holy Mass at 7.30pm. For the first time in the history of the Church, the events were streamed live on YouTube, which was made possible by the team from the KL Archdiocese Social Communications.

The main celebrant on that day was Fr Andrew Manickam, OFM Cap (Church of St Francis of Assisi, Cheras) with Frs Gregory Chan (Church of The Assumption, PJ), Fr George Harrison (Parish Priest of Church of the Visitation) and Fr Andrew Kooi (Assistant Parish Priest of Church of the Visitation) concelebrating.

Towards the end of the Mass, the faithful were each given a pocket-sized Rosary prayer card to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first of a series of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.

The solemn procession of Our Lady proceeded after Mass. At the end of the procession, the Church bell rang again. The pictures of Our Lady of Fatima were then blessed and given out to each family.

The celebration continued with dinner being served to all, including invited guests. Performances were presented by individuals and groups, including from the Baha’i community. The height of the evening celebration was the presentation of a video clip, followed by a short speech by Fr George before officially launching the “Journeying towards 170 years of the Parish,” to much applause.

There was a fireworks display and confetti rained down from a cannon. It is anticipated that there will be exciting programmes and events lined up for the next 12 months leading to the finale on May 31, 2018. The celebration of the feast of the Visitation came to a close at around midnight. In his closing speech, Fr George thanked the organising team, the technical team and all who had worked to make the Feast day a success.

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