KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – The Eastern Regional Small Christian Community (SCC) meeting held for 23 dioceses of Northeast India and West Bengal(9-11 March) at Seva Kendra Kolkata concluded with a mega Bible procession and solemn concelebrated Eucharist, 11 March. The procession to honour the Holy Bible commenced from St Xavier’s College after 3 pm on Sunday and wound its way covering a little over one kilometer to Don Bosco School Park Circs Grounds.
Nine Bishops, some 100 priests and about 5,000 faithful took part in the procession with their creative and colourful display of biblical events.
Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta presided over the open air Eucharistic celebration flanked by Bishops of Asansol and Bongaigaon. Other prelates participating at the procession and Holy Eucharist included bishops of Salem, Shimla, Agartala, Aizawl, Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri.
Three choirs from Prabhu Jisu Girja, Christ the King parish Park Circus and Loreto School Entally rendered songs in English, Bengali and Hindi.
Young people from city schools and parishes came out on the streets dressed in Biblical period costumes depicting scenes from the Holy Bible, particularly from the life of Jesus.
A large size book of the Holy Bible was mounted on a large trailer truck which also carried nine Bishops as well as the tweleve apostles.
Auxilium Parish Kolkata outshone other parishes by fielding several Biblical pagent groups representing each pastoral zone of the parish.
The Bible procession followed the annual Corpus Christi route from the grounds of St Xavier’s College through Short Street and passed along Wood Street and spilled out on to the entire stretch of Mother Teresa Sarani (Park Street) on to Park Circus seven point crossing. From there the procession skirted Don Bosco Circle and entered Don Bosco School grounds through the back gate into the grounds.
It is to be noted that the Bible procession did not obstruct the normal flow of vehicular traffic en route as the procession occupied only one third of the road.
The only minor traffic disruptions were at the Park Street and AJC Bose Road crossing near Mullick Bazar and at Don Bosco Circle.
The procession was the brain child of SCC national Service Team member and convener Sr Christine Joseph ably assisted by Fr I.P. Sarto. The pair had the backing of the director of the diocesan Bible Commission, Catholic Association of Bengal, Signis, as well as several youth groups and pious associations.
The tangible fruit of the Bible Porcession is the solemn commencement of 5th annual Bible Course held at archbishop’s House, scheduled for 15 March. Professors of Morning Star College and other Bible scholars are facilitating the popular Saturday evening classes.