Blessing of new Grotto and Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 3rd 2018 at Basilica, Thewatte

Rev. Fr. Edmund Tillekeratne Sat, Feb 3, '2018

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 According to the vision of His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, a new church with a grotto has been built. This newly built church with a grotto will be blessed on the 3rd of February 2018 at 4.30 p.m. This chapel and grotto resemble the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. The grotto and the Chapel give the opportunity for the faithful to pray and meditate with peace. 

This whole project had been planned by the director of 'Supuwath Arana', Rev. Fr. Darrel Coonghe, while the construction was supervised by Mr. Joseph Palawatte.  This was made possible by the donation made by Mr. Rohan De Silva, CEO  of Mclarens Ltd., and his wife which has costed over hundred million rupees.

 The purpose of the building of this was to help the faithful, who would then gather there to pray in peaceful minds and to promote the devotion to Mother Mary and to emulate the values of Mother Mary in their lives.  The lighting and the landscaping has been done in such a way that everyone who comes there may not be distracted from their prayers.  There are confessionals made so that faithful who wish to make their confessions can do so easily.  Stream of water adds more beauty and meaning as one cross over it as a symbol of cleansing after they have made their confessions. This reminds us of 'Rosa Mystica' where there is a stream through which the faithful are invited to cross over. 

His eminence has requested the deans of the deaneries to organize a liturgical service on the first Saturday of every month with the faithful and the priests. A procession with candle lit bucket lanterns and the recitation of the rosary will also help to create a prayerful atmosphere. The Mysteries of the rosary have been painted on walls to add more serenity to the place. A group of volunteers have been organized to facilitate the faithful who come there for prayers.

The building of the grotto and the chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes at Thewatte and the  spiritual renewal of the faithful who gather there to ponder and emulate the life of Mother Mary, will help to bring back an answer to those groups who leave out the Marian devotion from their lives.