Our Lady of Vailankanni (Vay-lun-kun-nee) is also known Our Lady of Good Health, particularly in India where she appeared in the south Indian State of Tamil Nadu in the sixteenth century. In that location now, is the famous pilgrimage site, The Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health Church and Complex at Vailankanni, India. The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary on September 8th is the culmination of nine days of prayers, novenas, Masses, and parades at this annual celebration.
Shown below are some images from the YouTube feed with the colorful skies over the Shrine Basilica Complex which started at 5:30 pm on August 29, 2022 and ended around 7:30 pm.
One will note the throngs of devotees surrounding the building, with only a small number of the faithful and the clergy allowed inside the gated wall of the Basilica. The procession of the palanquin carrying the image of Our Lady of Vailankanni and the Christ Child, along with the festival flag, paraded through the streets around the Basilica before entering the courtyard for the flag raising. The commemorative flag of the golden image of Our Lady of Vailankanni, flanked by adoring angels, on a sea-blue background wafted above the festival-goers as the skies darkened and the Basilica lights were illuminated. Firecrackers lit the skies to launch the 9-day event leading up to the Feast Day celebration on the Nativity of the Blessed Mother on September 8th.
See the Flag Hoisting and sacred dedication of the events in full at https://www.youtube.com/c/vailankannishrinetvlive.
Read more about Our Lady of Vailankanni at https://churchwonders.com/mary-saints/mother-mary/our-lady-of-vailankanni/ and participate in the celebration of the Blessed Mother’s Birthday with a Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Vailankanni at https://churchwonders.com/devotions/litanies/prayers-to-our-lady-of-vailankanni/
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Photos are from the Flag Hoisting and sacred dedication of the events on 8-29-2022 viewable in full at https://www.youtube.com/c/vailankannishrinetvlive