Feast of the Land

Feast of the Parappukkara Church is known as " The feast of the land" because everyone celebrates it irrespective of cast and creed. The feast is called by the name "Parappukkara Lona Muthapan Thirunal". The Feast-Celebration in the church is of a few days from May 6th to May 23rd. Important days of the feast are 6, 14, 15, 16, 23. "Kooduthurakal" and other celebrations on 15th are very important. By the evening Elephants are sometimes brought to the Church to increase the solemnity of the feast. Illuminated 'THERU' is taken in procession on the same evening. Important feast is on 16th, Solemn High Mass, Homily and "THIRUNAL-PROCESSION" are on 16th. “Oottu Thirunal" on 23rd is also of more importance. The devotees throng after because of the experience "who ever calls upon the Saint in the favorite name "Lona Muthappan" will be answered. "Vilichal Vilippurath". The Catholic Church celebrates the feast on 16th May. The Feast is celebrated at Parappukkara on 16th May. The legend is that fireworks are given importance for the feast of the Saint, Since his body was found through lightening when he was martyred in the river.

Offerings of fireworks are done by the devotees. Believers of other religions too call upon the Saint and make pious offerings.

Novenas on Tuesdays of the year and special celebration on 16th of every month are some of the pious offer of the devotees.

St. John Nepumcian : Life history :

St. John was born in A.D. 1340, in a town called Neppomuk, in Bohemia in Middle Europe, marked for its scenic beauty. At present Bohemia is in Czech Republic. St. John is called St. John Nepumcian after the name of the town. He was ordained priest in A.D. 1373 and very soon he become the vicar of 'Court Church' of Emperor. He was appointed as adviser cum lawyer of emperor Carlose IV. During that time Prince Venceslavos married Yovanna, the only daughter of the ruler of Prague, Spain. Yovanna was a faithful wife but was misunderstood that she was in love with King Alfred. Hence Fr. John was compelled to reveal the Queen's confessional secret. Fr. John refused to do it. Therefore arrangements were made to kill Fr. John mercilessly; at the end he was thrown into Moldo River. He was martyred on 20th March. At that time church-bells bagan to ring by themselves; People came out, and saw a holy light in Moldo River. The water of the river twinkled gold. There was heavy thunder and lightning, people watched the holy body of Fr. John shining in the water. Date of after 326 years it was found that the tongue of the saint remained intact., in A.D.1729 Fr. John was canonized.

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