As the procession approached the altar, a very special presentation was made by the young children of the parish. They performed a song, and did a welcoming rite for the archbishop using coconuts and turmeric directed by Fr Baskar.
The words of the song sung in the Tamil dialect means, ‘Through the light we welcome the faithful, the priest and the Son of God’. This welcome song is used for major celebrations when special guests are greeted in India. The coconut represents a pure heart and a pure mind while the turmeric signifies a forgiving heart and the healing power of God. This welcome is reminiscent of the inculturation experienced by our former Archbishop Joseph Harris on his visit to India in January 2015.