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St. Mary's Basilica


One of the most famous Catholic Churches of the city, St. Mary's Basilica is located at Sarojini Naidu  Road in the heart of Secunderabad. The decree designating it as a basilica was issued in November, 2008.

St. Mary's Church is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the city of Secunderabad, India.

The church has four bells, which were brought from Italy in 1901. One of the bells is reported to have developed cracks.

It was formerly the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad. It is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Adjacent to the church is the convent of St. Ann's which runs the St. Ann's High School, Secunderabad.
The church owes its history to Father Daniel Murphy along with Bishop Carew. Completed in 1840, the church was formerly called the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad. In 1886, it ceased to be a cathedral. In 1871, a few nuns from St. Anne at Turin came to the city and opened a school that is popular as St. Ann's school.



The church is a typical example of Indian Gothic style, with curved arches and pointed buttresses. As with other Catholic churches, St. Mary's has side altars dedicated to saints.

Delivering the Christmas message, Fr. Yeruva Balshowreddy, Rector and Parish Priest said, “Christmas is the biggest festival of the world celebrated by millions of the people. St. Mary’s Basilica is one of the Basilicas in India a title given to some Roman Catholic churches.

By canon law no Catholic church can be honored with the title of basilica unless by apostolic grant or from immemorial custom. The title is bestowed upon large churches that are important as places of pilgrimage or for a specific devotion such as to a saint.”

Daily Mass in English at 6 am and 6 pm.

Sunday Masses:
6 am - Tamil
7 am - English
8:15 am - Telugu
9:15 am - Children's Mass
9:30 am - English
11:30 am -English
5 pm - English
6 pm- English

Source
http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Hans/2015-12-24/timeless-Bells/195316
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_Our_Lady_of_the_Assumption,_Secunderabad

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