" REMAIN CLOSER TO GOD AND GOD WILL REMAIN CLOSER TO YOU "
Bishop Maxwell Silva on the Children
" REMAIN CLOSER TO GOD AND
GOD WILL REMAIN CLOSER TO YOU "
His Lordship Bishop Maxwell Silva tells the Children
at Tewatta Basilica
[ Fr. Sunil De Silva - 02.03.2013 ]

“ Amidst of worldly attractions and evil in the world, remain closer to God and God will remain closer to God. God remains faithful to the promises He made to His people. During the World War II, Archbishop Jean Marie Masson O.M.I., then Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Colombo, appealed to the children to pray to Our Blessed Mother to save Sri Lanka from the war. He reminded the children that Our Blessed Mother hears the cries and the prayers of the children. Our country was saved from the war and in gratitude this magnificent Basilica was built in fulfillment of the vow made by Archbishop Jean Marie Masson O.M.I. Then we had a civil war in the country nearly for 30 long years which destroyed not only the property, but also thousands of lives of the people and our relationships with each other and in the Jubilee Year, His Grace the Archbishop Nicholas Marcus Fernando made an appeal to the children from this very place on the Children's Day, to earnestly pray to Our Blessed Mother and say three ‘Hail Marys’ daily to stop this brutal war that destroyed Our Motherland. And the war was over, inspite of different other incidents that are taking place still in the country. Today we have come to this hallowed Basilica, which fulfills the promises and which renews our promises. Let us pray earnestly, therefore, that Our Blessed Mother may keep us closer to God and that God will find favour with you, My Dear Children, calling you to serve the Lord in His Mission" said His Lordship Bishop Maxwell Silva, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, addressing the children gathered at the Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka,Tewatta on the 65th Children’s Day in the Archdiocese, on 02nd March 2013.

His Lordship Bishop Maxwell Silva and His Lordship Emmanuel Fernando jointly presided at the Children’s Day Eucharistic celebration together His Grace the Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Marcus Fernando, Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis, Episcopal Vicars, Rev. Fr. Indra Fernando Director of Catechetics, Fr. Manukumaran in charge of Tamil Section of Catechetics and Episcopal Vicars, several other Fathers and religious and a large number of children from Sunday schools and colleges participated at the Children’s day held at the Tewatta Basilica, Ragama.

An entertainment programme was conducted prior to the Eucharistic celebration. In parallel with the Children’s Day, the different Religious Congregations also made available information about their Congregations in different places assigned to them. The children took time to go around the Basilica to see the historical engravings designed and installed around the Basilica by His Grace the Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis and also to see the exhibition hall of Blessed Joseph Vaz.

The Western Band of St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa led the procession with Prefects and children carrying their Sunday School flags and banners. Children also offered school stationary and donations during the Offertory time.

[ Photos by Fr. Sunil De Silva ]
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