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Mount Infant

Christianity is a monotheistic religion and forbids prayers to mountains. It is inappropriate to say “We pray to you Mount Infant” or “We thank you Mount Infant”.

During mass the prayers are to God the Father through Christ and Holy Spirit. During novenas of saints or while reciting their litanies, the saints are asked to pray for us. During novenas of Infant Jesus it may be said “We pray to you Infant Jesus” or “We thank you Infant Jesus”.

Infant Jesus Church, Evershine City, Vasai (East), has its parish feast on the second Sunday of February and uses the prayer with words “We pray to you Mount Infant” or “We thank you Mount Infant”. I understand the prayer was said in a church in Goa. I do not know whether the book having the prayer got the Imprimatur, permission of the bishop to publish the book, in case of Goa from the Archbishop of Goa and Patriarch of East Indies, and if so how. In Vasai the prayer book was first used when Msgr. Francis Correa was the parish priest and continues after his transfer. Fr. Raymond Pereira succeeded him.

Infant Jesus Church functions from temporary structure. Construction of church building was to begin at the end of 2008. It was time of depression. Construction would have cost less. Parish Council by majority had approved a plan. One Sunday at the end of mass after reading the announcements Bernard Daniels spoke. He said it was he who had objected to the plan. Our parish is growing and we need a bigger church.

That was the last time Bernard Daniels read the announcements. Next Sunday in the announcements it was read that those who were asked to read should read what was given. No one was to go beyond what was given to read and be a law unto himself.

The matter went to His Lordship Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Vasai. He appointed a committee. When the committee gave the report about the structure of the church he had become Bishop of Poona and Apostolic Administrator of Vasai. He said “No peace, no church”. Archbishop Felix Machado became Bishop of Vasai. No progress on church work.

Updated: February 10, 2011 — 8:02 pm

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  1. I do agree with your views of that the prayer and thanks to be offered to “Infant Jesus” and not infant mount.

  2. I agree with your comments, as I too believe that we pray to Lord Almighty and Jesus Christ and thus it doesn’t matters if its Infant.

  3. “We pray to you Mount Infant” in context is a prayer to Jesus Christ under the invocation of “Infant Jesus of the Mount.” At worst it is badly translated from Konkani. No historic Christian community in South Asia has been recorded praying to mountains. This allegation is pathetic & ridiculous, born out of Protestant brainwashing.

  4. Translation should be correct. Bad translation is not an excuse that is acceptable.

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