Indore (Madhya Pradesh): The great feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (Corpus Christi) was celebrated in the parish of St Joseph's Church on Sunday.
As the new usual after corona, most people gathered in their own houses and attended online Holy Mass. Reverend Father Naveen Uttriya celebrated the online Holy Mass.
As per usual customs, the community members receive the sacrament of Eucharist and eat it in the Holy Mass on this day. Due to lockdown, people could not come to Church.
Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ and in every Eucharistic celebration they receive this sacrament. The people were not able to visit the Church and see Jesus Christ on this day.
Reverend Father Thomas Rajamanikam had an idea of taking the Sacrament of Eucharist in a car and going to the houses of the people so that people can see and adore Jesus who is present in the Sacrament.
It was liked by the members of the Church. Hence, Fr Thomas carried the Sacrament in the car which was driven on the road where the people lived. Following Covid 19 protocol, Fr. Thomas carried the Holy Sacrament and the people saw and worshipped remaining at the gate of their houses.
Community member Sunil Raphael sang songs and hymns.
Rajesh Francis drove the car and Gabriel Francis showed the way.
All wore masks and did not come out of the car. The car was taken to the doors of the houses and people stood, some knelt prayed with lighted candles.
They adored and prayed for the healing from the Covid 19.
The drive started from Sanjay Nagar moved to Nadiya Nagar, Jagjeevanram Nagar, LIG and MIG Colony, Nehru Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Janata Quarters, Nanda Nagar, Bajrang Nagar and concluded at Doctor's Colony.
“All the Catholics prayed to Jesus for protection from Covid-19, black fungus. They prayed for all the people belonging to various religions and regions. All should pray so that the city may be saved,” Fr Thomas said.
He added that almost ninety per cent of the people of the parish could experience this and meet Jesus through this procession and they were very happy.
“For the believers Jesus protects them and heals them,” Fr Thomas said. It took almost two and half hours to go in front of the houses of people belonging to our Church. Around 160 families were visited.
People benefitted spiritually and they appreciated the spiritual care and concern of the priest and the parish council.
People prayed and received blessings remaining in their own housed
All prayed for the salvation of the city from this virus. The pandemic may soon end in Indore, India and in the world. The almighty God only can end this pandemic.
To ensure social distancing, people saw the sacrament from the window of the car staying little far from the car.