Sunday, November 29, 2009


St. Mary's Church is dedicated to the blessed Virgin Mary. It is specially built to honour her as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. This church is one among the many magnificent mansions of Mother Mary in India. It has a remarkably beautiful statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This statue of the blessed Mother has a solemn, yet a very tranquil appearance. It embodies a divine serenity and an aura of love around it.

Located in the heart of Secunderabad, this church draws hundreds of devotees towards our Blessed Mother. An imposing Gothic structure with exquisite architecture, St. Mary's Church has an arresting facade with its domineering tall tower crested by a crucifix. Enshrined in the central niche of the tower is the statue of OUR LADY OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, serene with her eyes looking towards heaven, her hands joint in prayer, her appearance gentle and divine.

At one time, St Mary's Church was a cathedral. There is a strange foreshadowing of India's independence in the history of St. Mary's Church. Its foundation was laid by the saintly Irish Bishop Daniel Murphy on 15th of August 1847. This Church was the venue of Bishop Murphy's victory over the then Viceroy Lord Dalhousie. The Bishop got the Viceroy's order expelling him reversed.

This Church was also the principle venue of the stormy celebration at the time of the visit of the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima in 1950, when some miracles took place. Besides all these, St Mary's Church has always been and will always be transcendent, unique, spiritual center stage for the spiritual upliftment of the people. People flock here for the Sunday masses from different places.

People of different faiths call her 'Mother" who is given to us from the cross by her Son, Jesus Christ.

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