11th Annual Feast of Our Blessed Mother


Sun had just risen from the valley when we met groups of volunteers actively converting the church compound to a festive atmosphere. They hung banners and flags, erected a 20 foot flag mast, hung balloons and decorated the walkways. Alter was a sea of flowers. All gathered to  celebrate the feast of our Blessed Mother at the Blue Army Shrine on the 24th of May 2009 for the eleventh year at Washington, New Jersey, USA.

This annual event was once again a great success with the Sri Lankan Catholic Choir of New York/ New Jersey singing beautiful hymns and elevating the hearts and souls of all Sri Lankans in prayer and worship. During This year celebration prayers were offered in all three major languages.

Event concluded after the procession and final blessing. Several hundreds of people who attended were deeply moved by the amazing décor, musical repertoire and original compositions of the choir. Many believed this memorable event has touched the hearts and souls of devotee’s for a long time. Our prayers and heartfelt thanks to the organizing committee, all the singers and musicians of the catholic choir and Frs. Sujith Tillekeratne, Edward Tissera, Robert Dhanaraj , Paul Ruge and staff of Blue Army Shrine for enabling this event to reach the pinnacle.

Exclusive media coverage of this event courtesy of  Asoka Ranasinghe of tpvideoproductions.com

 Banner  Entrance
 Flag Pole  Church
 Sacred statue  Procession
 Young devotees  Children
 Accepting gifts  Blessings
 Blessings  Rev. Sujith
 Choir  Chandralekha in the choir
 Rukantha  Audience
 Musicians  Choir
Choir Musicians
 Statue  Parade
 Parade  Parade
 Parade of the sacred statue  Flag bearers


Last updated: Sunday, May 31, 2009
Visitor Comments
  • Ip Country  Bernie , New jersey   5/31/2009 11:23:48 PM  
    • This celebration was such an appropriate event at this time - when our country is setting the foot on a voyage towards peace. The message came out in flying colours that all ethnic groups in our country should move forward to build our country and teach our children how to live in peace and harmony. The surmons were delivered in all three languages and the ceremony was attended by all ethnics of our beloved Sri Lanka... our goal under the foot of Our Blessed Mother remained the same. MAY OUR BLESSED MOTHER BLESS OUR COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE.
  • Ip Country  Anura Peiris , Srilanka   6/1/2009 9:59:58 PM  
    • It is great to see that Srilankans are united and work together like this in this religious event. Specially at this moment of time where whole Srilankans are trying to unite and move foward..this event in USA is a good example..
  • Ip Country  Amma , U. K   6/9/2009 11:26:36 AM  
    • Well done & congratulations. My thoughts go back to Sri Lanka and to the closing of the month of May celebrations & procession held there every year. Keep it up & God bless.
  • Ip Country  Frederick Atukorala , Maryland U.S.A   6/11/2009 10:35:16 AM  
    • Great job.Well done.Hope be there next year.Peace & God Bless
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