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Children perform a welcoming rite for the archbishop at St Anthony’s Feast Day.

The parish of St Anthony, Point Fortin celebrated its Patronal Feast Day on Wednesday June 13 with Archbishop Jason Gordon.The church, filled to capacity, eagerly awaited the archbishop’s arrival as this was his first official visit to Point Fortin. An elaborate procession of altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, Lay Ministers and Parish Priest Fr Antony Baskar-Jayaseelan MSFS preceded the archbishop on entry.

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.

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