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MaryMatha Major Seminary Thrissur

SPIRITUAL

LITURGICAL FORMATION

Celebration of the Holy Mass is the heart of all our spiritual formation. The students as well as the staff take various initiatives to make the Eucharistic celebration a lived experience. Once a while the Eucharist is celebrated in the evening and as often as possible priests with rich pastoral experience are invited to celebrate the community Holy Mass and share their experiences.

Twice a month, the Holy Mass is celebrated Batch wise. Animator presides over the class wise Mass once a month. Holy Mass is celebrated in English language twice every week. Holy Mass is also celebrated once in a month in Latin and in Syro - Malankara rites. Every year special training wwill be given in liturgical music and reciting of the liturgy of hours.


SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Each student has a spiritual director of his choice. Msgr. George Manaden, Fr. E.J. Thomas, Fr. Thomas srampickal, Fr. Michael Karimattam, Fr. Tony Neelankavil, Fr. Varghese Ukken are serving as spiritual directors of the Seminary and are helping the students in spiritual direction. At least once a month students meet their respective directors for guidance. Either at the request of the students or on the advice of the spiritual directors, the students were given the opportunity for expert counselling.


SPIRITUAL INSTRUCTIONS

Generally, once a month and in preparation for the main feast, either the spiritual director or one of the staff members gives spiritual inputs to the students. The following chart presents the details of the spiritual instructions during this academic year.

RETREATS AND RECOLLECTIONS

Recollections and Retreat:

Generally, every first Saturday of the month is the day of recollection. Recollection normally begins by an instruction by the Rector. Usually priests or religious are invited to give orientation talks on relevant themes to help the students for spiritual nourishment.

Retreat for the Ordinandi:

The ordinandi would spend two weeks in intense spiritual preparations before ordination. They spent the first week in prayer and personal reflection and in the following week they will have guided ordination retreat.

Preparation for Minor Orders: There Will be an intense spiritual orientation course of two weeks for the recipients of the minor orders and diaconate. As immediate preparation for diaconate and minor orders two days guided retreat will be organized by the seminary.


EUCHARISTIC PIETY

On all Fridays, the Seminary family assemble before the Eucharistic Lord for an hour of adoration. It is organized on the basis of special themes and intentions which are prepared by the students under the guidance of one of the staff members. In preparation for the home mission, Sneholsav, 45 minutes adoration will be held every day till the beginning of Sneholsav. During this adoration, each family unit, and various associations of the parishes where the Sneholsav is held were specially remembered and prayed for. In the month of june, there will be one full day adoration organized by all the batches for one hour and the family ordination will be conducted by II year theology students.


SPECIAL DEVOTION

Devotion to Our Blessed Mother:

Marymatha is certainly a family dedicated to Mother Mary. Every attempt is made to foster among the students the filial love towards the Blessed Mother. Her important feasts such as July 16th, August 15th, September 8th, and December 8th were celebrated with great devotion. On 8th December 2008, on the feast of Immaculate Conception of Blessed Mother, the Seminary community conducts a Eucharistic procession which will be presided over by bishops of the diocese. Everyday evening Marymatha gathers for the Holy Rosary. October, the month of rosary is observed with great fervour in the Seminary.

Devotion to Saints:

The feasts of important saints are celebrated in the Seminary with due solemnities. Philosophy and Theology residences are dedicated to St. Joseph and St. Thomas respectively. Their feasts are celebrated as the feasts of the sections. Each batch is entrusted to the care of a heavenly patron/patroness. St. Alphonsa, Blessed Chavara, Blessed Mariam Thressia, Blessed Mother Teresa, Blessed Kunjachan and St. Francis Xavier are the special patrons and patronesses of the different batches of students. Their feasts will be celebrated at the initiative of each class with special prayer service, procession and solemn Holy Qurbana. Besides, important feasts such as Sts. Peter and Paul, St. John Marie Vianney, St. Padre Pio, St. Kolbe, Blessed Euphrasia are also celebrated with due solemnity.


PRIESTS AFTER THE HEART OF JESUS

Priests after the Heart of Jesus:

With the motto "Priests after the Heart of Jesus", Marymatha makes every attempt to inspire the students to imitate the model of Jesus the Good Shepherd. In order to foster devotion to Sacred Heart of Jesus, on the day of monthly recollection, the consecration to Sacred Heart of Jesus is renewed in the community. The feasts of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Corpus Christi, Exaltation of the Cross and Christ the King, Denaha are celebrated with due solemnities. On the feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus, one day Eucharistic adoration will be held in the Seminary.

Personal Prayer:

Both the philosophy and theology residences have their own chapels with Blessed Sacrament. This provides them opportunity to spend their time in personal prayer. Apart from this, there is a common prayer room, Sannidhanam in the administrative block where the students can pray silently. A good number of students make use of these provisions well for their personal prayer.