Blessing of the Corner Stone, Sri Lanka, Negombo, 21-4-2016

Source: FSSPX News

The Society of St. Pius X has been established in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) for over twenty years but the Saint Francis Xavier priory has never had a real chapel. The house garage was converted into the sanctuary to which was attached a kind of shed that made the nave for the faithful. There, about 6 years ago, a bell tower was added to the whole; but the “Kingdom Hall” (Jehovah’s Witnesses) look of our chapel has remained. That is why we have decided to build a real church. It will be of modest one (100 seats) but will be worthy of the glory of God and his Blessed Mother to whom it will be dedicated.

On April 21, Bishop Bernard Fellay came to Negombo (Sri Lanka) and blessed the cornerstone of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.


The ceremony began with the blessing of a wooden cross placed at the spot of the future altar. Then the prelate blessed the first stone.The certificate of the ceremony was then signed by the clergy and some lay people (including the builder). All the saints in heaven were invoked as in the great liturgical occasions. It was then lodged into the stone with a few coins (recently issued) and the newspaper of the day. The stone was then sealed and placed in its place. It is customary to affix a relic. In our case, it was one of St. Philomena: hence the phrase “Pax tecum”, engraved on the stone with the date. The prelate ended the ceremony with the blessing of the church’s foundations.

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