Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption
St. Mary’s Church is a magnificent landmark both architecturally and historically. It was popularly known as St. Mary’s Cathedral while it was the principal church of the Vicariate of Hyderabad.
The church stands as an example of the fusion of the Indian Gothic style with its curved arches and buttress. Another uniqueness of St. Mary’s is that it has several side altars dedicated to the saints. The church also has four bells which were brought from Italy in 1901.
Sermon for 13th April 2014
Homily for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
He Died for Us
In the old liturgy, before Vatican II, the reading of the Passion was greeted with total silence. There was no homily. Even the concluding acclamation: “This is the gospel of the Lord” was omitted. On a day like this, I sometimes feel that the most eloquent response to the word of God we have proclaimed is silence. Even the best of homilies could be a distraction from the deep meditation in which many of us find ourselves at the end of the story of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. But then also, a homily might be useful to direct and focus our meditation in the right direction.