The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - 2nd February, 2019

 The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord was celebrated on the 2nd of February 2019. (The feast commemorates the 40th day after the birth of Jesus, when Mary and Joseph presented him to the Lord in the temple). The faithful from the Church of the Visitation, Seremban gathered at the Grotto and brought their candles for blessing. Parish Priest, Rev Fr George Harrison was the celebrant. Joining in the celebration was seminarian brother Philip Asirwatham, his 2nd year in Philosophy from College General, Penang. 

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Fr George with Brother Philip and altar servers at the Grotto for the blessing of the candles.

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The faithful both young and elderly gathered with their candles placed on the table in front of the Grotto.

Fr George went around the table where the candles were placed and blessed it with holy water and incensed them. 

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Fr George blessing the candles with holy water as the faithful and the altar servers looks on.

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Followed by incensing of the candles as Fr George walks around the
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After the blessing and holding their lighted candles, the faithful together with Fr George and brother Philip then proceeded to walk in procession into the Church led by the altar servers and continued with the Eucharistic celebration.

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The faithful holding their lighted candle in preparation for the procession that to follow suit.

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The procession begins as they make their way into the front of the Church. The faithful walked behind Fr George and Brother Philp as the        altar serves (not seen here) leads the way.

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The Celebrant approaches the Sanctuary as the congregation sings the entrance hymn led by Doreen from the Liturgy team.

In his homily after reading the Gospel texts from St. Luke (Chapter 2: 22-40), Fr George said to the congregation that the parents of Jesus, Mary and Joseph was a holy people who observed the Law faithfully. The presentation of the Lord reminded us of our own Baptism when our parents and godparents brought us as an infant into the Church. Fr George urged the congregation to remember them and be in gratitude.

On this day, the Church also celebrated 22nd World Day for Consecrated Life. (In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in religious life). We pray for women and men who are consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all people. It was a feeling of gratitude and thanksgiving as Fr George recalled from the pulpit of his priestly ordination together with Rev Fr Michael Chua, 15 years ago on this day at St. John’s Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur. (Fr Michael Chua was the Parish Priest of the Church of The Visitation, Seremban from 2007 to 2010). Fr George invited the congregation to remember and pray for the priests who have served in the Church of the Visitation and among them he mentioned of the late Monsignor Anthony Thomas and MEP priest Rev Fr Peter Bretaudeau who is of advanced age and residing in France. 

After the final blessings, Fr George invited the congregation for a breakfast cum fellowship at the recreation corner. Fresh and hot appam made by parishioner Rita was one of the items on the menu. It was also a joyful moment for another parishioner Madam Faustina Pereira who celebrated her 88th birthday as Fr George held her hand to cut the birthday cake. Also seen at the fellowship were altar servers attending their weekly meeting and youths from St. John Vianney who were attending a half day Recollection for Catechists by Rev Fr Peter Anthoney.

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Rev Fr Peter Anthoney from Church of St. John Vianney, Tampin gives a brotherly hug to congratulate Fr George on his 15th year being as a        Priest and watched by parishioners as they pass by.

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Parishioners helping themselves with the breakfast served at the recreation corner. A bubbly parishioner Rita (right) from the Tamil                Apostolate looks at the camera with a smile as she makes fresh hot appam.

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A day to be remembered as Fr George holds Madam Faustina’s hand to cut a cake to mark her 88th birthday as 7-year-old Alex looks on. 

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Among those who joined in the breakfast cum fellowship were altar servers (top right) and youths from the Church of St. John Vianney,                  Tampin (top left and centre).

Photos by the Visitation Social Communication and Media Ministry.