About Feast of St. Francis Xavier
The large celebration of Feast of St. Francis Xavier held in Velha Goa. All over India St. Francis Xavier is also popularly known as Saib or Goi-cho Saib (Master of Goa) and the place Velha Goa, is also called Saibachem Goem.The feast celebrated on December 3 falls at the beginning of Advent as he works as a missionary that helped us ponder our missionary duty, especially as we contemplate this penitential and preparation season. Presented are other ideas on contemplating this saint’s day.
The body of St Francis Xavier lies in a silver casket in the Church of Bom Jesus in Goa and the ceremonies to honor his death are performed on December 3, as it was the day he was buried.St Xavier was a great Catholic missionary, who preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Asia.
Feast of St. Francis Xavier Date
The feast of Saint Francis Xavier is celebrated on 8 December, although it is celebrated sometimes on 3 December.
Legend of Feast of St. Francis Xavier
According to the legends, some Portuguese merchants found St. Francis Xavier just before he breathed his last then they performed his last rites on the following day, and buried him in a box partly filled with slaked lime. A few months later, a Jesuit brother disinterred the body and discovered, to his surprise, that it had not decomposed at all. He cut a finger from the body and was astonished to see blood ooze out. When this was reported to the Vatican, the title of Saint was conferred upon Xavier.
The body was interred in a cemetery in Malacca for about two years before it was brought to its final resting place in Goa. Until then, even though the body had not been anointed, it was found to be only slightly affected by death. Before the mortal remains of the saint were placed in a silver casket in the Church of Bom Jesus, one hand was cut off from the body.
The Healing Power of Feast of St. Francis Xavier
The Pieces of the hand from saint’s body were distributed to various parts of the world, under orders of the Pope. In every ten years until 1994, on the anniversary of his death, St Xavier’s body would be brought out and kept in a glass case, with the feet exposed for people’s worship. For the exposition, people from all over India would flock to the church for a glimpse of the saint.
The last exposition was held in 1994. Since the condition of the body had deteriorated visibly, it was decided by the church that the body would not be displayed anymore.Then this day became the celebration day for people and it is celebrated with a wide variety of food and drinks.The ambiance of the church site is happy and festive.