I saw one of those novena’s left inside the churches twice and the title is “Miracles of the Mother of Vallankanni”.. I first saw this sort of chain letter novena inside Sanctuario de San Antonio and was curious. I said I was going to google the name when I got home. However I misplaced the novena and can’t remember the name. After a few months, I saw it again in our Parish so took one and checked on the background.
This is the content written in the leaflet:
There was a miracle in Vailankanni Church. Till today nobody would have heard about in the Church of Vailankanni. One Sunday, Mother Mary appeared in the form of an infant to a person. She told him, “Do not be afraid, have faith and listen to me. I am to this world. Print 200 leaflets in my name, and distribute to the people to spread the message to wash away sins and receive all goodness in life. Do it in my name,” saying this Mother Mary (who was in the form of an infant) disappeared. Hearing this, the man in Vishalatnam printed 515 leaflets and distributed the same. After a few days, the man received blessing of Mother Mary and got 50 rupee taks by lottery.
• In Agra, a man printed 615 leaflets. Within 24 days, he got a pot of gold coins through the blessing of Mother Mary.
• A poor man who thought of printing this message was blessed by Mother Mary and got a job. Later, he printed 1,000 leaflets in thanksgiving.
• Another person who did not believed in this, mocked this and destroyed the leaflets. This disbeliever made him lose his son.
• Man passed in Rashbal in Agra, read this message and delayed it by one month. He had a great loss in his business and lost his wife.
• In a place called Lathara, 5 people together printed 2,530 leaflets and distributed the same. Mother Mary blessed them and they received good profits in their business.
• Hearing this a poor man printed 1,000 leaflets. His faith in the Mother help him in getting 50 rupee taks in a town called Mangavinar.
• A poor family printed 1,000 leaflets. Mother Mary blessed them and they got everything they asked for.
• A family in old Mangalom Channel 33 who came across this message delayed in spreading the same by 15 days. Their new automobile met an accident and lost a lot of money. They faced many problems in their family.
As Jesus said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find.” So ask with faith and you will receive it. Print this leaflet within 10 days spreading this message of our Mother Mary and Jesus, and you will receive all the blessings to achieve what you want. Please do not destroy this after reading. Give it to others. Respect his Holy Name….Sacred Heart Prayers.
Of course I never believe anything negative written in such leaflets for the Lord is good and will answer any of our prayers at the right time.
When I got home, I researched on Our Lady of Vailankanni. Apparently that is the correct spelling and not the one in the leaflet. I learned that Vailankanni is a place in India where the Blessed Mother appeared. It is known as the “Lourdes of the East”. Our Lady of Vailankanni is also known as Our Lady of Health.
I found the official website of Our Lady where I read the the background of this miracle:
Sometime during the sixteenth century, Our Lady with her infant son appeared to a Hindu boy carrying milk to a customer’s home. While he rested under a Banyan tree near a tank (pond), Our Lady appeared to him and asked for milk for her Son and the boy gave her some. On reaching the customer’s home, the boy apologized for his lateness and the reduced amount of milk by relating the incident that occurred on his way. On inspection, the man found the milk pot to be full and realized that something miraculous had happened. That man, also a Hindu, wanting to see the place where the apparition occurred, accompanied the boy.
Our Lady’s Tank Today
When they reached the tank, Our Lady appeared once again. On learning that it was Our Lady who appeared to the boy, the residents of the local Catholic community became ecstatic. The tank where the apparition took place is called “Matha Kulam” or Our Lady’s tank.
Some years later Our Lady appeared again. This time to a crippled boy who was selling buttermilk near a public square on the outskirts of the same village of Vailankanni. She asked him for buttermilk for her infant Son and the boy compiled. Our Lady asked the boy to inform a certain wealthy Catholic man in the nearby town of Nagapattinam of her appearance. Not realizing that his crippled leg was miraculously cured by Our Lady, the boy rose up and began his journey. The man also had a vision the previous night in which Our Lady asked him to build a chapel for her. Together, the man and the boy returned to the site of the miracle.
This time Our Lady appeared to both. The man erected a thatched chapel for Our Lady at the site of Her second appearance. This chapel became a holy place of veneration to Our Blesses mother and She was called henceforth, Mother of Good Health (“Arokia Matha”).
A few years later, Our Merciful Mother rescued a few Portuguese merchant sailors from a violent storm, which wrecked their ship. When the merchants reached the shore of Vailankanni they were taken by local fisherman to the thatched chapel. To give thanks and pay tribute to Our Lady, they built a small permanent chapel on their return trip. On subsequent visits they improved on it. The merchants dedicated the chapel to Our Lady on September 8th to celebrate the feast of her nativity and to mark the date of their safe landing to Vailankanni.
Today, the celebration of this feast is an annual festival which lasts for 9 days and draws more than a million and a half pilgrims. Vailankanni attracts more pilgrims than any other sacred shrine in India. Not only do multitudes of Catholic travel there throughout the year but many non-Christians visit as well. Hundreds of miraculous cures are reported every year.