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15-11-2017


The memorable and the most significant event of the time went down the history in the midst of eminent personalities such as Rt.Rev.Joseph Raja Rao, Bishop of Vijayawada, who Solemnized the Holy Eucharistic Celebration along with Rev.Fr.Varkey Perekkatt S.J. the Chapter Guide & Fr. John Vettiyolil,  the Parish Priest of Tatibandh, while the 24 Delegates of the Province and the two General Councilors as observers together in one heart & soul experienced the life & resurrection of Jesus at his Altar.

While the main celebrant was welcomed as per the tradition of Chhattisgarh with the ritual washing of hands, tilak, garland and Arathi, the delegates and Observers offered lighted lamps at the Altar as a symbol of their total surrender to the Lord. A short Introduction, Enthronement of the Holy Bible, Prayer of the faithful, a significant offertory and Doxology were all specially designed by the delegates to enhance the solemnity of the day.

 

Rt. Rev. Joseph Raja Rao, in his homily exhorted the delegates to search, articulate and innovate new wine skins for the new wine.

The first session of Extraordinary Provincial Chapter 2017 began with a solemn opening prayer. The inspiring and creative prayer stirred everyone with inner movements of gratitude and forgiveness and deep experience of God’s presence within and among the members in a tangible way by bringing along the Omnipotent Presence of the Almighty God in the form of a Pillar of Cloud & a Pillar of Fire while the five Universal Elements were focused upon to integrate our earthly life with the Divine.

A Lamp came to life with five flames of fire and two tablets representing the Commandments of God were then offered while the choir sang Asatoma Satgamaya… Thamasoma Jyotirgamaya… Mrutyorma Amrutam gamaya … The Ambiance was filled with the desire to seek the Truth, the Light and the Life.

A symbolic offering of the entire Province was done by the President through a JMJ Art to convert the Chapter Spirit into an all inclusive one.

Rt. Rev. Raja Rao, the Guest Speaker of the day for his unique presence at this great event ,  Rev.Fr. Varkey Perekkat S.J. the chapter guide, Rev. Sr. Anacleta Boreddy and Rev. Sr. Showri Tresa Thuraka, the General councillors were cordially welcomed by Rev. Sr. Rosily Abraham , the President of the Chapter.

The President of the Chapter then officially declared the Extraordinary Provincial Chapter 2017 being open.

Having completed the formal official functions of the day, the president invited the Guest Speaker of the day to enlighten the august assembly with the Keynote address on the theme of the Chapter namely, ‘Encountering Together an Emerging Future as Vessels of Hope’.