Syro-Malabar. Syro-Malankara. Syro-what? It would be a safe bet to say that most U.S. Catholics have never heard of these terms, let alone understand what it means to say that they are liturgical rites of the Catholic Church. Yet for the twenty million Catholics living in India, they point to the very heart of what it means to be a follower of Christ in the world today.
Here I have posted some high-quality shots taken by Bill, a member of our India travel group. That’s a wrap for documentation of the BC 2013 Asian odyssey. More pictures can be found on here and here, while a travelogue can be found here and here. For a reflection on our experience of the Indian Catholicism with its various rites, click here.
Below is a nice selection of pictures taken from other members of our India group. I have also included a few public domain photos to show some places where we were not allowed to take photos. I’ll continue to add to this post as I get more.
Some of us took upwards of 1,000 pictures, and here I’ve posted just “a few” so as to tell our India story in a little more detail. Later I’ll collect some of the best taken from others in our group and get them up as well. UPDATE: For other pictures of the BC 2013 India odyssey, click here and here. My travelogue can be found here and here.
Well, I woke up at 3:30 and never fell back asleep, so it turns out I was able to finish the broad strokes of my India chronicle a couple days earlier than expected. Since I have all kinds of time today and tomorrow, I should get pictures up soon as well! UPDATE: For pictures of the BC 2013 India odyssey, click here and here and here. My travelogue can be found here and here.
Thanks be to God, we are back from India and home in the U.S.A. with family, friends, hamburgers, and the rest. As India is a third-world country, I had limited access to a computer over the past few weeks, so what I’m now posting a brief chronicle of our journey in two posts. I have my camera equipment back in my possession after my bag was returned to from Chicago yesterday. The same bag, incidentally, was lost by the airline on the way to India and on the way back!
With another busy semester now in the books, I am pleased to present here the itinerary of the class/trip to study religions in India which I’ll be co-leading less than one week from now. For family members, this will give you a chance to follow along where we are each day. For others, it may just be an opportunity to say, “Well, I’m glad I’m not going to be in Calcutta sweating it out all day in 113-degree humid heat!” I would blog the trip as we go along, but a) we won’t have much computer access b) we’re going to simply be too busy trying to take in all that we can in our 17-day travel window.
Well, I’m lagging behind on my blog ever since we have started classes again here at BC. Great classes, great students, and in all my “free” time I’ve been getting together a 16-day course in India this May. To see a flyer with more info, click here.
The religious atmosphere pulsing in the subcontinent of India can hardly be witnessed in any other country of the world. The apostle St. Thomas himself founded the first Christian community in India. The religions of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism also all have historic holy sites there. The sheer number of religions found coexisting in this country has deservedly earned it the name â€œLand of Religions.â€ In this two-week long trip will able to experience many of its major sites. Those on this trip will:
- Walk as a pilgrim in the footsteps of St. Thomas the Apostle, visit his burial spot, and encounter the eastern Catholic community he founded which still exists today
- Visit the home of Blessed Mother Teresa and volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity at their Home of the Dying in Calcutta
- Witness Hindu practices first hand at the sacred Ganges River
- Touch the roots of Buddhism in the place Buddha attained his enlightenment
- Behold the majestic Taj Mahal, enter famous Muslim mosques, and discuss the current state of affairs between Christianity and Islam
If you are a young person or college student and are interested, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopefully I’ll be back to blogging Pope Benedict and Jesus soon!