Most Rev. Oswald Lewis
Bishop of Jaipur

Holy Week Services in the City Parishes


As the spirit of lent still continues, the liturgical life of the Church is drawing us closer to the Easter mysteries. The opening words of Pope Francis’ Lenten message of this year are “Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near. In our preparation for Easter, God in His providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a Sacramental sign of our conversion.” Having sprinkled ashes, we reminded ourselves of the necessity of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The call of prophet Joel was a call to penance. “Gird yourselves and weep, O priests, come, spend the night in sackcloth.”(1.13). the prophet reminds us that the Lord calls us back, “yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning” (2.12) Repent and be reconciled; return to the Lord who is gracious and merciful, has been the initial spirit of Lent.

As we progressed, the Church reminds us of the immense love of God, the Father. From the time of creation, God has taken special care of man, assuring him of his love. He created Adam and Eve in his own image and bestowed upon them his love in the form of a covenant. But the law and the convenant underwent a complete change. God changed the agreement he had made with Adam and made a fresh one with Noah. God then made a further agreement with Abraham and he changed this so as to make a new one with Moses. The covenant with Moses was changed forever by the sacrifice on the Cross. “No greater love than this that a man lays down his life. This covenant is not going to be changed. God gave a law to Adam that he was not to eat form the tree of life. In Noah’s case, a visible sign of their alliance, God gave him a rainbow in the sky. For Abraham, chosen on account of his faith, the covenant took the form of circumcision which became a mark and characteristic for his descendants. In the case of Moses, the covenant was signified by the Paschal Lamb, slain on behalf of people.” (cf Dem.11, 11-12)

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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