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Novenas of Grace in Old Goa

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A unique tradition of holding the annual Novena of Grace concluded on March 12. The nine Novenas are held around the world. In Goa, it takes place at the Bom Jesus Basilica, Old Goa. Here, as per tradition, there is no feast that is celebrated on the tenth day unlike how other novenas conclude. Instead here, there are two Eucharistic celebrations held, after which a penitential procession is carried out. The other mass is held in the evening.

Several devotees take part in this procession and seek favours through the intercession of St Francis Xavier. Many pray for their own needs, those of their loved ones, or the needs of the world.

 

 

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