patrons of peace
The period between October 11, 2012, and November 24, 2013, is being marked as the “Year of Faith” where Catholics have been asked to study themselves and reflect the knowledge of their faith and deepen it. Father Malcolm of St. Patrick’s Church, Hadapsar, says their church has been praying for strengthening the faith of people in God, and for this, they have a special prayer. “During the monsoon, we prayed for rains so that there would be a good harvest. Besides, our church prays for peace and harmony in the country,” he adds. On Christmas eve, there is a holy mass, which includes many prayers like the opening prayer and the offertory prayer.
Father John of St. Ignatius Church, Kirkee, says, “We have a special programme, where we talk about love and unity in the world. There is so much violence that needs to be ended. We pray so that violence, terrorism and hatred end and love and harmony flourish. This is the prayer of praise and worship of the Lord, which is also called the adoration prayer.”
Since the world today faces problems such as global warming, St. Ignatius Church
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