The Syro Malabar Catholic Church or church of Malabar Syrians is an Eastern Catholic Major Archiepiscopal Church in full Communion with the Pope. The Church is headed by Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alencherry. The members of the church are known as Mar Thoma Nasranis or Syrian Catholics. It is the largest of the Nasrani denomination with around 4.6 million believers and traces its origins to the evangelistic activity of Thomas the Apostle in the First Century.
In the beginning of the 20th Century, Pope Pius X initiated Eucharistic centered movement in the Catholic Church. Inspired by this, two great Priests – Fr. Mathew Alakalam and Fr. Joseph Paredom, took up the new charism in the Syro Malabar Church and founded Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in May 1933. Its Charism is to live and proclaim the Eucharist Mystery that is celebrated, to gather the children of God around the altar, to “praise God in the midst of His Church, to take part in the key sacrifice and to eat the Lord’s Supper” and to up hold the real presence of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The congregation has, at present 412 professed members. It has 90 Houses and institutions in various dioceses in and outside India.
Father Joseph Anthiamkulam, one of the members of the Missionary Congregation of The Blessed Sacrament, is the founder of Marian Day Movement. Our Holy Mother Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Holy Eucharist. St. Augustine teaches us that in the Eucharist “Mary extends and perpetuates Her Divine Maternity.” With his deep faith in the mother of the Blessed Sacrament, Fr. Jose experienced the loving care and protection of our Holy Mother from childhood. The love and intimacy towards our Holy Mother made Fr. Jose to start collecting the pictures of the Blessed Virgin Mary and now he has more than 3000 photos in his collection. Whenever people approach father with any problems, as an anointed priest, he submits them in the hands of our Holy Mother and experiences great miracles.
The unique service in the Marian Day prayers is the ANOINTING OF THE BLESSED OIL. Everyone who attends the Marian Day is anointed with the blessed oil by Father Jose. James 5:14-15 advises us “ Is any man sick among you? Let him bring the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. Prayer that comes from faith heals the sick, for the Lord will restore them to health, and if they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”
So many miracles and healing happen with this service. People testify their miracles every Marian Day. The anointing of the Blessed oil in the name of our Holy Mother healed many diseases which the medical science failed to solve – cancer healed, couples who didn’t have child for many years testified that they got pregnant after attending the Marian Day service and prayers, jobless people get jobs, problems in the visa are solved, many family problems solved, many get financial blessings etc.
There happened a miracle in Father Jose’s life itself which inspired him to start anointing oil service in the name of our Holy Mother. On 3rd June 2011 Father Jose had an accident and had gone through a major operation for his left arm. Though the surgery was successful, a second surgery was advised due to certain problems in the nerves. These days he had a vision from our Holy Mother advising him to apply the blessed oil which he started on 20th November 2010 at St. Mary’s church Holehonnur in the diocese of Bhadravathy, Shimoga, Karnataka, India. Father applied the blessed oil with full belief and prayers and his hand healed miraculously without any surgery. At that very moment he decided he would start anointing oil service in the parishes wherever he serves.
Marian Day Service started at Our Lady and St. George’s church, Walthamstow on 20th January 2014. People from different parts of England attend the prayers and keep three hours every Wednesday for our Holy Mother. Marian Day Service has the following prayers.