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Celebrating the mysteries of the rosary

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ANOTHER ATTRACTION: Twenty stations depicting the 20 mysteries of the rosary being readied at the Basilica of Our Lady of Vallarpadam. Photo: Mahesh Harilal

KOCHI: The Basilica of Our Lady of Vallarpadam will add another landmark to its growing reputation with the completion of 20 stations that will depict the 20 mysteries of the rosary.

The 20 stations will features the mysteries that are celebrated by Catholics all over the world. These include the Joyous Glorious, Sorrowful Mysteries and the Mysteries of Light that were added to the original by Pope John Paul II.

A combination of materials, including concrete, are being used to depict the mysteries at the various stations that are coming up along the walkway up to the pilgrim centre. The 20 stations will have both sculptures and paintings describing the Mysteries that begin with the Mystery of Annunciation.

This is the first major work being undertaken after the Our Lady of Vallarpadam Church was declared a national pilgrim centre by the Catholic Church. Work on the project had begun more than a year ago and will be completed in time for the next pilgrim season.

The Vallarpadam Church, which was already a national pilgrim centre, was raised to the status of a Basilica on the basis of a request submitted by Archbishop Daniel Acharuparampil of Varappuzha in December 2003.

The Vallarpadam church was bestowed a special status by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. In 1951, it was declared a pilgrim centre.

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