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Closing Ceremony of the Year of Faith November 2013

Bishop Ignatius Mascarenhas praying during the closing ceremony of the Year of Faith

The Year of Faith has been a moment of grace. It began on Oct. 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. It also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It has given us the opportunity to contemplate the door of faith as an entryway to faith. As we reach the end of this occasion, now is the time for all to consider carefully the way to be and act going out the door, living and proclaiming our faith in the world.

To mark the day the closure of the year of Faith and the feast of Christ the King, Catholics rally was conducted in Chandigarh. Over 7,000 Catholics from different areas of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the union territory of Chandigarh participated in the annual Eucharistic procession on Sunday to reaffirm their faith in Christ the King.

Catholic procession at Chandigarh

The procession commenced at St. Anne’s School, sector 32, on Sunday morning with special prayers, intentions and devotional hymns. The procession, covering a distance of around three km with flower girls, religious leaders and devotees being a part of it concluded with the Holy Mass. Many devotees in the procession were holding banners with messages of harmony, faith and justice.Since it was also the concluding ceremony of the ‘Year of Faith’, the theme of the prayer service was “to make a human society based on firm faith in God.” In fact, prayers on this theme were offered all round the year.

Bishop Ignatius Mascarenhas, the leader of the catholic community said, “Though we believe that Christ is the king of the universe, we believe that he will come to establish a kingdom of peace, justice and harmony.” He also added, “The feast is not about the glory of being king, but about serving humanity.”

Mass gathering at the church

The devotees later wished each other “Happy Feast” and pledged to ‘deepen faith, nurture hope and celebrate life’.

Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass on Sunday to mark the Solemnity of Christ the King and close the Year of Faith proclaimed by his predecessor, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. Please find the official English translation of Pope Francis’ prepared remarks: