KOLKATA (C.M. Paul) — In the run up to Mother Teresa birth centenary scheduled for 26 August, a group of devotees celebrated a triduum Mass at Mother Teresa’s tomb on 54 A Lower Circular Road in the Syro-Malabar rite of southern India. Salesian Fr M.C. Francis of Diamond Harbour is the parish priest of the suthern most parish of Baruipur diocese in the Gangetic delta. A group of five Salesians belonging to the Don Bosco School Park Circus community joined the faithful in celebrating a sung Mass in Malayalam, 24 August.
Several groups of faithful gather daily for Eucharistic celebration at different hours during the day in the two halls which look like hastily improvised halls chapels.
In the upper chapel of the Mother House where Mother Teresa daily participated in the early dawn (5.55am) Eucharistic celebrations continues to be the permanent fixture for scores of foreign volunteers who still flock to Kolkata.
On the other hand, the ground floor of Mother House which houses an exhibition of illustrated panels and the Mother Teresa memorabilia and where she is buried has become the second chapel where Eucharist could be celebrated for special groups.
There are books of Eucharistic celebration in several Indian languages including Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu as well as sacramentaries in several European languages.