Dear Devotees of the Marian Shrine of Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni,
The Marian Shrine being an icon of spiritual tourism in the city of Medan attracts multitudes of pilgrims both from within the country and abroad, especially during the weekends and public holidays. In view of the current escalating risk of coronavirus spread, the Shrine Leadership has adopted the following containment measures:-
- Temporary closure of the Shrine from 20 March 2020 to prevent gathering of large number of people,
- All public Masses, both on weekdays and weekends will be suspended indefinitely.
As Catholics, we need to be responsible in playing our part to contain the spread of this virus by avoiding large gatherings of people. The Shrine Leadership will continue assess the situation until there is greater clarity on the way forward. Please visit our Website, Facebook Page and Youtube Channel to keep abreast of the developments in the Shrine.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Let us continue to pray for each other, especially those who have succumbed to this illness; and that the Lord will free us from this Corona Virus so that we can continue to worship freely and build up the community in love and service. Pray also for those in the frontlines – the doctors and the nurses – who are putting their own well-being in the service of the sick; that the Lord will protect them and their loved ones from harm.
Yours devotedly in the Lord.
Father James Bharataputra SJ
Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni