Feast of Our Lady of Good Health – Mother Vailankanni : 20182 min read
Goan Catholic Festivals and Celebrations 2017-2018
Feast of Our Lady of Good Health – Mother Vailankanni
Our Lady of Good Health is the name given to an apparition of the Virgin Mary believed to have appeared in the town of Vailankanni, Tamil Nadu, India
Our Lady of Good Health is also known as Our Lady of Vailankanni. The feast is celebrated on 8th September every year according to catholic calendar. It is a very big day for all our goan women as it is marked as a Mothers Day. Pilgrims from all over Goa from different religion visit Vailankanni, Madras for novenas to pay their respect and submit their petitions ( Avgond ) to Mother Vailankanni Miracle, Mother of good health.
Mother of mine you gave to me, all of my life to do as I please, I owe everything I have to you, Mother sweet mother of mine.
In our church the preparation starts 9 days before the feast. Every novena is conducted by different wards of the Nagoa village Catholic People such as decorating the church, preparing for choir, arranging the kids for procession, preparing for Mothers Day cultural program and so on. Fifteen minutes before the Rosary and Procession is conducted and then the mass starts after the mass a small House is played for all the 9 days by Catechism group.
Mother you gave me happiness, much more than words can say, I pray the lord that he may bless you every night and every day.
On the feast day litany is conducted in chapels and some households in every ward to worship our Mary Mother Vailankanni. The feast is celebrated with great pomp and fervor by all the goan catholic in the church taking part in singing, reading etc. After the feast mass people wish each other Boa Feast (Happy Feast). Then the Mothers Day cultural program is conducted to show respect for our Biological Mother.
The Feast day of Our Lady of Good Health is on the same day as the birthday of the Virgin Mary ( 8th September 2017)!