The Our Lady of Lourdes Church is located in the city of Tiruchirapalli in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The Roman Catholic Basilica is devoted to Our Lady of Lourdes.
The CAUVERY with its ceaseless and bounteous flow and the ROCKFORT with its timeless history seem to converge imperceptibly in the divine precincts of the hallowed CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES at the heart of ST.JOSEPH’S COLLEGE.
St.Joseph’s College church completed in A.D. 1895 JESUIT FATHERS presents a fascinating study of contrasting styles for a connoisseur of architecture as it is a replica of our Lady of Lourdes church – France.
Fr.Celle,S.J. Suggested the Gothic Style of architecture with its penchant for the pointed arch – the church top rises 62 feet above the nave.
Fr.Louis Garnier,S.J. Adopted the Norman style of architecture, with massive walls, round pillars and topped arches.
1890 – Construction work started
1895 – Foundation work completed
1903 – Completed and Blessed
1996 – Renovation work started
1998 – Renovation work completed & Blessed
1999 – Way of the Cross Erected & Blessed
Statue of our lady at the entrance
“My Soul Magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour”
ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES OF THE CHURCH
- 5 Statues of Great Saints in the middle of the Tower.
- The Gothic Tower filled with artistic petal like flowers and dolls in the shape of pet animals.
- The Chimney Bell at a height of 90 feet.
- Colourful stained glass windows depicting the life of Jesus, Jesuit Saints and Evangelists.
- Grotto of our Heart of Jesus on the right side and grotto of our Lady on the left side at the entrance.
- 14 stations of the Way of the Cross on the inner church road.
The Church on a Feast day illuminated with Lights
The Holy ALTAR
The inner view of the church
MORNING – 5.30 am & 6.30 am
EVENING – 6.30 pm
MORNING – 5.15 am, 6.15 am & 7.30 am
EVENING – 6.30 pm
Thursdays – 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm – Charismatic prayer service
Fridays – 6.00 pm – Special novena for the Sacred Heart
Saturdays – 6.00 pm – Rosary, litany, special mass of our Lady of Lourdes
10.00 am to 1.00 pm – Evangelistic prayers for the power of the Holy Spirit.
6.00 pm – Exposition of the various books of the Bible
11th FEBRUARY – FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Novena, Special Mass, Car Procession in and around Mainguard Gate
19th MARCH – FEAST OF St.JOSEPH
Patron of the College
31st JULY – FEAST OF St.IGNATIUS
The Founder of the Society of Jesus
3rd DECEMBER – FEAST OF St.FRANCIS XAVIER
Patron of the Missions
IMPORTANT SEASONS OF THE YEAR :
Way of the Cross – Daily (abbreviated)
Special Way of the Cross on Fridays
Retreat for specific groups
Special Holy Week Services
Devotion to Our Lady : Rosary, Litany and Special Mass
Daily Car Procession within the Campus
Saturdays : Car Procession around the College road and Special Mass on 31st May
Devotion to the SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be celebrated in a special way.
Christmas – Carol Services, Special Mass on X’mas Day
Mary our mother
Bless you and your family abundantly &
Grant you the showers of her loving kindness
VISIT OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH
Our Lady of Lourdes Church,
St. Joseph’s College Campus,
Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), Tamil Nadu. INDIA.
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Photo Courtesy / Source:
Photos by Nicola e Pina India 2010
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