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Oman, Sep 14: The Mangalurean Catholic community of St Anthony's Church, Sohar, on Thursday, September 7, celebrated the feast of the Nativity.

The service began with a gathering at the grotto for rosary. This was followed by the showering of flowers at Maria Bambina with the accompaniment of ‘Sakkad Sangatha Melyam’ and ‘Moriyek Hogolhsiyan’. The faithful then entered the Church in a procession.

Mangalurean and Goan families dressed their finest, attended the much awaited Konkani Mass. The feast Mass was celebrated by Fr Marian Miranda, assistant parish priest of Ruwi. Lancy Goveas welcomed the celebrant and the gathering. He also delivered a brief on the importance of the feast for Mangalureans.

Fr Marian Miranda, in his homily explained the role of a mother in people's lives, and stressed the importance of praying to Mother Mary who was the divine mother.


    






















































Melodious hymns were sung by the Konkani choir.

The final hymn in praise of 'Monti Mai' was brought forward in the form of an enactment by children of the Mangalurean and Goan community.

Maria Pramila D'Costa proposed the vote of thanks, and expressed gratitude to all who put efforts into organising the feast which included  members of the community who prepared a variety of scrumptious dishes and all donors.

Mementoes were awarded to students in appreciation of their excellence in studies and other achievements.

A festive cake was cut by Fr Marian Miranda to commence the birthday celebrations of Mother Mary. Gifts bags were distributed to children. 'Noven Pivan' was distributed to all the faithful after Mass.

Fr Marian Miranda blessed the food that was prepared in the traditional Mangalurean style. The food was then served on banana leaves and enjoyed by all.

On the occasion medals were distributed to cricket players of the series that was played jointly by gents, ladies and children of the Mangalurean community.

The function concluded with the customary 'Laudate' being sung by all, and led by Frank Lobo.