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BISHOP

Most Rev. Oswald Lewis
Bishop of Jaipur

2018 Easter Message By Most Rev. Oswald Lewis

BISHOP’S MESSAGE : MARCH 2019


The loving Father, in His goodness, provides times and seasons to His beloved children to make amendments for the wrong they have committed and to obtain grace for the fullness of life. One such season is the holy season of Lent. A season of prayer and fasting, a season of charity and generosity, a season of forgiveness and reparation. Soon the Mother Church invites her children reminding them that they are made of the earth and to the earth they have to return; they are like the earthen vessel that is breakable with a slightest force. They are like the grass that is green in the morning and withers in the evening; or like the flowers that blossom in the morning and fade in the evening. Thus the Lenten season is one of great importance. It is a sacred season of Lord’s favour, the day of salvation and reconciliation. The Father sent His Son out of His immeasurable love for us sinners. He sent Him to free us from the tyrannical power of the devil, to invite us to heaven and lead us into its innermost Sanctuary. Fulfilling the plan of His Father, Jesus went through passion and death. Sacrificing His life on the Cross, He made us sons of the Father and heirs to eternal life. (St. Charles Borromeo) During Lenten season the Church calls the mystery of our salvation to mind each year to stir us to renew constantly our memory of the great love God has shown us. This Lenten season teaches us that our Saviour came not only to redeem the people of His time but to redeem the entire human race. So from our part, we must through prayer, fasting, charity and sacraments prepare ourselves to celebrate the Pascal Mystery by dying to sinful ways and by rising to newness of life. Like a devoted mother, keenly concerned for our salvation, Church uses the rites of this season, its hymns, songs and other utterances of the Holy Spirit, to teach us a lesson. She shows us how to receive this great gift of God, with gratitude. She teaches us that our hearts should be prepared for rebirth in Christ.

Brief History

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is a complete all season destination created in pink stone. Jaipur derives its name from Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a prince, soldier and astronomer, who built the city in 1721 in accordance with Shilpa Shastra, the ancient Hindu tradition on architecture.

The first Christian presence in Jaipur goes back to the time of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur. In 1728 Father Emmanuel de Figuredo accompanied by a lay man Pedro de Silva, who later settled down in Jaipur, came to Jaipur at the invitation of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The Maharaja gifted a piece of land and contributed generously for building of Sacred Heart Church at Ghat Gate in 1871.

The first resident priest of Jaipur was Fr. Conrad OFM Cap. In 1890 Rajputana and Malwa Missions were created separating them from Agra Diocese and in 1891 this new mission was made into an Apostolic Prefecture appointing Fr. Bertram OFM Cap., as the first Prefect of the new Prefecture. To start with there were five priests and five stations namely Bandikui, Nasirabad, Jaipur, Neemuch and Mhow.

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