The Holy Mass to bless the New Year 2019 was commenced at Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine, at 11.45 pm on 31st December last year. The New Year Holy Mass was officiated by The Most Holy Apostolic Father His Holiness Rohan Lalith Aponso. When the New Year dawned, Our Most Holy Apostolic Father extended His New Year greetings to all those who were present. During the course of His Homily, He reflected that Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine is a Shrine, where many Miracles are taking place and this gathering, he said, is the best testimony for that. Yet, he said, The Number One Miracle, which He Himself and Lord Jesus Christ wish, is the Miracle of changing the minds of human beings.
Devotees who came to participate in the Holy Mass, which was celebrated in the Apparition Church of Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine, to bless the New Year 2019, gathered in the Apparition Church and in the Shrine Ground. Addressing all of them, The Most Holy Apostolic Father, further reflected that a human being may gradually attain defilement and ultimately Heaven through the change of his mind.
Addressing devotees further, The Most Holy Apostolic Father His Holiness Rohan Lalith Aponso reflected the following.
”Dear Children, in the last Christmas week, I was able to read a note published in an internet account. Since I was very much impressed by that note, I brought a printed copy to read it in front of you. Mr. Suren Chathuranga has made this note. This is his note. 20th November 2018 & 25th December 2018 were two special days for me. On 20th November 2018, I was able to listen to the Homily of His Holiness the Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso, who lives at Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine. On that day, at the beginning of His Homily, The Most Holy Apostle explained to us, based on the Holy Bible, what kind of people we should invite for a banquet. After listening to His Homily, I wanted to make His advice into a reality in my life. Today, I was able to fulfill that. Today is the day of Christmas. On this Christmas day, I was able to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to the Samadhi Home for the Elders, in Seeduwa. I am very happy to carry out this act according to the teachings of Christ. I carried out this act after listening to the Homily of His Holiness The Apostle, which he reflected based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Likewise, our dear Lord Jesus Christ also must be very much happy about what I have carried out. Thank you very much Most Holy Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso, for guiding our journey of life on the virtuous path. This was his note.
“Dear Children, This Shrine is a well and widely known Shrine, where many Miracles are taking place. Today, I am celebrating this Holy Mass or this New Year Holy Mass in this Apparition Church, where Blessed Virgin Mary and Lord Jesus Christ have appeared in person. All of you are a testimony to these Miracles, which have taken place here. Yet, The Genuine Miracle, which I think and wish, and which Christ also think and wish, is the Miracle of changing the minds of human beings. This is the Number One Miracle. If people change their minds after listening to the religion, and when it is change like this, and if it is getting changed like this, that change, will accordingly, pave the way for the people to enter into the virtuous path and thereby, they will be on the road to Heaven, where they will become suitable to attain Heaven. Look! On that day, 20th November, a couple who listened to the Homily, decided to hold their wedding ceremony, at a place where Aged, destitute people who have been distanced and disregarded by the society, and who have been sent away from their homes by their children, are living. These Mothers and Fathers do not know where their children are, and their children also do not know where their parents are. Isn’t this not a miracle, when this couple decided in one mind, to hold their wedding ceremony, at a place where destitute Mothers and Fathers are living, who cannot see a wedding of their grandchild even? Such things are the miracles in front of Lord Jesus Christ. Look! On this Christmas day, when everyone enjoys themselves lavishly by eating and drinking, what did this youth, Suren Chathuranga do? On the day of Christmas, this youth provided breakfast, lunch and dinner with refreshments, to many aged, destitute Mothers and Fathers, who have been distanced and disregarded, and who are spending the autumn of their lives. Other than those who have been mentioned here, that means Mr. Suren Chathuranga and the new couple and other than them, other than these three, I am the happiest person as a result of their action. Even more than me, Lord Jesus Christ is the happiest person as a result of their action. All of them enlighten My Apostleship. They say to me, ‘you have taught us what Christ has preached. You have explained to us what Christ has told to do. Thank you Holy Father! Thank you for guiding us like this way. See, we are carrying out that’. Actually, I don’t know whether those who have listened to this when Christ taught this, had done this. It is not stated in the Holy Bible either. Such things are the Miracles. Healing of those who are sick and finding something which has been lost, such things are not miracles in front of Christ. Yet, those are also miracles, but people who have obtained such graces will not become suitable people to attain Heaven. If you have received something for what you have requested and if that person, who has received such graces, dies suddenly at that moment, will he attain Heaven? He has obtained something for what he has requested because of his faith and more than that because of the eternal compassion of Blessed Virgin Mary and Lord Jesus Christ. Do you understand what I am saying? That person will obtain such graces because of his faith and because of the intercession of Blessed Mother Mary and Lord Jesus Christ and because of their eternal compassion. That person will obtain what he has requested because of such things. I have said and asked at certain occasions, how many of you will attain Heaven supposing if you die immediately at this very moment? None of those who have received help and graces have raised their hands. They also know, they are sinners and they are not suitable to receive graces. But even though they are not suitable to obtain help and graces, they believe they still obtain them, since they have faith in God even though they don’t live according to His advice and more than that they know they obtain them as a result of the eternal compassion of God and they receive such graces to make this Shrine glorified. The defilement through the change of mind of a human being may lead to ultimate attaining Heaven. Accordingly, when a human being becomes suitable, then only he comes to a position where he will be completely suitable to attain Heaven in this world itself. Jesus Christ has said and it is stated in the Holy Bible; Look! All Angels blow trumpets. From this, Christ has explained to us that it is that much of a wonderful occasion and a happening. Today, we will think lightly what this youth has done on the day of Christmas. Who can do such a thing on the day of Christmas? He provided breakfast, lunch and dinner to an Elders Home on the day of Christmas. A person has to lessen his stinginess to have a feeling to provide such things and he should also have sympathy in his heart to do such a thing. Then only he will have a feeling to do such a thing on the day of Christmas. Now, how did you spend the day of your Christmas? You all didn’t do all these things. You all didn’t have any feeling even to do such a thing. But this youth thought of it. He thought to do this when others enjoy themselves on the day of Christmas by eating and drinking. He thought he should go and make those who are destitute and disregarded happy, by providing them with meals and refreshments. It is extremely a meritorious act. I am very much exerting myself to make the minds of people to have similar intentions as such. Then only that person will be redeemed from sin. Then only he will keep away from committing sin and distance himself from sin.”
These images herein show devotees receiving Holy Eucharist as the First Meal of the newly dawned year, from the sacred hands of His Holiness the Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso, during the Festive High Mass, celebrated to bless the New Year 2019