A portion of Holy Girdle of Mother Mary in Mumbai

The St.Peter’s Jacobite Syrian Church at Malad West, in Mumbai was raised to fame with the establishment of the Holy SOONORO. This is the only Church outside of Kerala where the Holy Soonoro has been kept.

The Holy Soonoro casket is unveiled for public veneration once a year on Sept. 1 and kept open for eight days lent. On Sept.8, the casket containing the Soonoro is taken out of the shrine, giving the devotees an opportunity for viewing and veneration and to seek blessing. after which it is closed again.

Hundreds of people, irrespective of their caste, creed visit this church and receive blessings through the prayer of intercession of Mother Mary. On Wednesday from dawn to dusk devotees come to the Holy Soonoro shrine for meditation and prayer and return blessed. On every Friday evening, along with the Holy Qurbono, there is prayer of intercession in the name of Holy Mother. Hundreds of devotees attend the Holy Qurbono, meditate and pray from 7 or 9 consecutively and receive blessings. On every Sunday and second Saturday along with the Holy Qurbono, prayers of intercession is held at the Holy Soonoro Shrine.

As per historical record, Mother Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, breathed her last at the age of 51. The disciples of Jesus came to know of Mother Mary’s demise by the Holy Spirit and were lifted by the clouds to the burial place. They laid Her to rest in Gethsamana garden very near to the place where her son Jesus prayed. Her body was lifted to Heaven by Angles on the third day on a chariot of fire. St. Thomas who could arrive there from India only at that time, wanted a proof to convince others that he had witnessed the event, cried to Holy Mother to give him some evidence in blessing. The chariot posed for a moment in mid sky and a clear evidence a portion of the waist band (girdle) and the veil fell into the hands of St. Thomas.

St. Thomas carried this previous treasure to India and performed many miracles before he died. In 394 AD.

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