Feast of St. Francis Xavier is celebrated every year in December. This day commemorates the dedication and service that Saint Francis Xavier committed himself to through his outreach of faith and missionary work in India, Asia and Europe.
The body of St Francis Xavier lies in a silver casket in the Church of Bom Jesus in Goa and every year on December 3rd,the day he was buried, ceremonies are performed to honor his death. Born in Spain on April 7, 1506, St.Xavier came to India with the Portuguese Viceroy of Goa in 1543, and immediately undertook the task of influencing the Goan people. He was a great Catholic missionary, who preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Asia.
Legends about this great Saint says that he had a healing power and his body has not decomposed even after 5 centuries of his death. Every ten years until 1994, on the anniversary of his death, St Xavier s dead body was brought out and kept in a glass case, with the feet exposed, for all to see and worship. For the exposition, people from all over India flocked to the church for a glimpse of the saint.
The last exposition was held in 1994. Since the condition of the body had deteriorated visibly, now the body is not displayed.
People still visit the Church of Bom Jesus in Goa every year to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Xavier and the pilgrimage turns into a picnic for quite a few families, as they shop in the little lanes decorated with streamers. The ambiance of the church site is happy and festive.
(Source: Goa Tourism Government Website)
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