Thousands to attend Colva Fama feast


The feast is celebrated every year on the second Monday of October.






Posted on October 15, 2012, 8:30 AM




Thousands of devotees are expected to take part in the Colva Fama feast in Margao, Goa tomorrow.

They will gather at the 400-year-old Our Lady of Merces Church to seek the blessings of Menino (infant) Jesus.

The feast, celebrated every year on the second Monday of October will begin with a High Mass at 5.30am.

The statue of Menino Jesus will be brought down from the altar for the procession, blessing and veneration.

“This is the most unique feast in Goa,” said Camilo Rodrigues, president of the confraria comittee of the Colva church.

The ‘Fama’ is neither the feast nor the novena but a special day after which the novenas commence to ultimately conclude with the church feast to be held on October 25.

“Devotees come seeking blessings for marriage, to have children, to cure ailments,” said Rodrigues.

English: Infant Jesus and John the Baptist, Mu...

                           English: Infant Jesus and John the Baptist,                             Museo del Prado   (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


He claimed that miracles take place during the ‘Fama’.

Confraria members added that it is for the miraculous powers that devotees of all faiths flock to the ‘Fama’.

Devotees offer wax shaped into different body parts at the ‘Fama’.

A Jesuit priest and sailor Fr Bento Ferreira found the statue of Infant Jesus off the coast of Mozambique in the 17th century following a shipwreck.

The Jesuit brought the statue to Goa in 1648 upon being posted at the Colva church, where he had the statue enthroned on a special altar.

Soon, rumours of miracles at the parish spread and in due course, the statue became an object of veneration.



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