Hundreds walk through streets to celebrate devotion to St. Alphonsa

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July 29, 2015

Devotees of St. Alphonsa play cymbals and drums during a July 19 Mass and outdoor procession in her honor at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Floral Park, N.Y., where the first female saint of Indian origin has developed a multicultural following. (CNS photo/Marie Elena Giossi, The Tablet) See ALPHONSA July 29, 2015.

Devotees of St. Alphonsa play cymbals and drums during a July 19 Mass and outdoor procession in her honor at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Floral Park, N.Y., where the first female saint of Indian origin has developed a multicultural following. (CNS photo/Marie Elena Giossi, The Tablet)

FLORAL PARK, N.Y. (CNS) — Wearing richly hued attire, hundreds of residents walked through the streets of North Floral Park to celebrate the life and intercessory works of St. Alphonsa on a recent Sunday afternoon.

Accompanied by the rhythmic beat of drums and cymbals, along with the prayers of a multicultural assembly, four men bore a statue of the saint on their shoulders as Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto of Brooklyn carried a relic in procession.

“We are happy to have our own saint,” Geetha Joseph told a visitor as she walked amid family and friends.

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