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Girdle relic on show at Malad church (INDIA)

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  • Fr. John-Brian
    From: Mathew Thomas Girdle relic on show at Malad church http://web.mid-day.com/news/city/2004/september/91392.htm Pilgrims are flocking to a rare holy relic
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      From: Mathew Thomas


      Girdle relic on show at Malad church
      http://web.mid-day.com/news/city/2004/september/91392.htm

      Pilgrims are flocking to a rare holy relic of Mother Mary that is on display
      at a Malad church.

      The relic, a piece of fabric believed to be part of the girdle worn by
      Mother Mary, will be on view between September 1 and 8. The relic drew
      thousands of worshippers to St Peter’s Jacobite Church, also called the
      Soonoro Church at Mith Chowky near Orlem.

      Father Wilson Jacob, vicar of the church, said that though the relic has
      been with the Malad church for eight years, but only the Orthodox community
      knew about it.

      “It was kept only for the worship of the local community. Then members of
      other Christian denominations started coming to worship it,” said Jacob.

      The relic is kept covered and is on display only during the week before the
      birthday of Mary on September 8.

      The relic, also called a Soonoro or belt, was brought to Kerala from Syria
      in 1982 by the head of the Orthodox faith, Ignatius Zakka I. The Malad
      relic is a piece of that Soonoro.

      Worshippers pray to the relic with an intercession prayer asking Mother Mary
      to mediate with God on the devotee’s behalf, said Jacob.

      “There is a lot of interest among the non-Orthodox Christians. Even people
      from other faiths have been coming to worship it,” said Mathew Thomas, a
      member of the church.

      Sijo John, another member of the church, said that people have been coming
      with petitions for healings from ailments.

      A 23-year-old woman has claimed that she recovered from a chronic thyroid
      problem after praying to the relic. “Mumbai is only place apart from two
      churches in Kerala where the relic has been installed,” said John.

      The relic is kept in a metal and glass casket and worshippers will be
      allowed to kiss and venerate it on September 8.

      History of the Soonoro

      The Soonoro is believed to have been in the possession of the apostle St
      Thomas who brought it to India in the first century AD, but was taken to
      Syria along with his mortal remains.

      Though the girdle was interred in a church in Syria, its existence was
      forgotten after the church was pulled down for renovation.

      It was rediscovered in 1953 and its antiquity and genuineness was endorsed
      by archaeologists and religious leaders, according to church leaders.

      Mathew Thomas

      Oh.. Morth Mariam Yoldath Aloho (Mother Of God)Pray For Us
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