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Church of the Sacred Heart, New Delhi

Church of the Sacred Heart Overview

Address : South End Of Bhai Vir Singh Marg.

City : New Delhi.

State : Delhi.

Location : North India.

Year of Construction : 1927-28 AD.

Constructed By : Henry Medd.

Type of Construction : Modern.

Type of Building : Church.

Religion : Christianity.

Belonging to the Latin Rite, The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic cathedral. Located on the Bhai Vir Singh Marg Road in Connaught Place, it is one of the oldest church of the capital city and covers an area of 14 acres along with with St. Columbia's School, and the Convent of Jesus and Mary school.

History
A member of Franciscan first order, which was founded by St. Francis of Assisi, Father Luke took the step to build the church. Father was preached the people to live life of simplicity and love. It once strike him that he should do something that could help the weaker sections to lead a better life despite of their poverty. Hence, he executed the idea by constructing the church.

The foundation stone was laid by Dr. E.Vanni in 1929; however, the construction began in 1930. A lot of charity aided in the construction of this holy work for example principle Altar of the Church made up of marble was donated by Sir Anthony de Mello. The Church also received gifts in the forms of bell, vestments and altar furniture, which they were honored by Archbishop of Agra. This project finally got executed with finance done by the colonial officers of the British Empire.

Architecture
Being a piece of Italian Architecture, this church of The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart was built under the strong supervision of architect Henry Medd. There are a few white colored pillars, supporting the canopy and together, form the exterior of the Church. Also on both the sides of the Church’s entrance foyer, circular shaped turrets have been installed above the roof. Within the Church one finds sumptuously rich and grand polished stone floors, wide arches and a towering curved roof.
 
Services & Celebration
Being functional only on some specific days of the year, the church practices prayers daily during morning as well as evening. Some of the most awaited occasions of the year that are held in the Church with a great pomp and show are Easter and Christmas. The Cathedral organizes functions on certain days of the year. Prayers are held in the morning and evening every day. The major ceremonies held at the Cathedral are Easter and Christmas. The Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth and the Christmas Vigil Service an hour before midnight Christmas are celebrated exuberantly. A number of social programs and culture-rich programs are organized in a year.

Several social services like distribution of blankets and woolen clothes are also rendered by the church. Even during the Christmas time the lower sections of the society are motivated to celebrate the auspicious day instead of giving in to their poverty.

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