The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, commonly called as the Mount Mary Church by the locals, is a Roman Catholic Church situated atop a hillock 262 feet above sea level and is one of the finest specimens of its kind. Located in the suburbs of the vibrant city of Mumbai, the church enjoys a stunning view of the joyfully bustling Arabian Sea as it beautifully reflects different shades of blue.
Located in the busy Hill road in Bandra, St. Peter’s Church was originally founded in 1852 by Bishop Hartmann. But, it was in 1938 that the old church led to the formation of the new church of St Peter’s. With twenty tainted old stained-glass windows constructed in unison, the church welcomes more than a thousand people, at a stretch. With stories of St Peter’s inscripted all over, the main altar is made up of Carrara marbles. Up above the altar lies the might statue of Sacred heart.
Mass Timings -
Monday to Saturday: 06:00 AM, 07:30 AM at St. Joseph’s Chapel, 08:30 AM and 07:15 PM (English)
Sunday : 06:00 AM, 07:00 AM, 08:00 AM, 09:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 05:00 PM (Konkani) and 06:00 PM
One amongst the very known eight churches is the St. Andrew’s Church in the spiritual capital of Mumbai city, Bandra. Standing unfettering for about four centuries, this church came into existence in 1575 during the Portuguese rule in Bombay. The high altar extending up to the roof looks majestic with the statues of Sacred Heart, Our Lady and St. Andrew. It also has a small museum dedicated to the centuries-old history of the church in the choir.
Mass timings -
Monday to Friday : 06:30 AM, 08:00 AM and 07:30 PM
Saturday : 07:15 PM
Sunday : 06:30 AM, 08:00 AM and 09:30 AM ; 06:00 PM (English)
With a glorified past, St. Theresa’s Church was founded by His Lordship the Rt. Rev Longinus Pereira, Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay. St Theresa of Lisieux is the patroness and the church bears Gothic and baroque style of architecture, making it stand apart from other churches. Right in front stands the 30 ft tall black cross symbolising redemption and sanctity. The facades of the church in a honeycomb alteration provide symmetry and eye variation in a unique way. The colored window glasses from west germany further illuminates the altar with divinity.
Mass timings -
Monday to Saturday : 06:15 AM, 07:00 AM and 07:00 PM ( English)
Sunday : English : 07:00 AM, 08:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 06:00 PM
Malayalam: 11:00 AM
Hindi : 04:30 PM
The age-old Church embellished with heritage and dignity is the St. Anne's Church of Bandra, established in 1858 as a small chapel. The first structure being constructed by Reverend Father Diogo Gabriel da Silva of sherly village, the patroness is Anne, also regarded as the grandmother of the Messiah. It was in 1943 that it got the status of Parish, officially. The penetrating light from the glass windows, intricately designed murals and placing risen Christ over the old crucified Christ help this church keeping its aura intact.
Mass Timings -
Monday to Friday : 06:30 AM and 07:00 PM
Saturday : 06:30 AM
Sunday: 06:30 AM, 08:00 AM, 09:15 AM and 06:00 PM
With helping hands from St. Andrew’s Church and Mount Mary Chapel, Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bandra was established in 1894. Adhering the soul of a roman catholic church, the foundation stones of the newly constructed 1981 church was led by Archbishop Simon Pimenta, Archbishop of Bombay. The altar is ancient, uniquely different and has benn taken from the ruins of old churches of Diu. the entrance beholds a structure of cross at the centre along with two hands in a praying position, embracing divinity and purity.
Mass timings -
Monday to Saturday :
06:00 AM, 06:45 AM, 07:30 AM and 07:30 PM
06:00 AM, 07:00 AM, 08:00 AM, 09:15 AM, 10:15 AM, 06:00 PM
To cater to the needs of the inhabitants of Bandra during the colonial era, St Stephen’s church was built for the British protestant Christians in 1853. Nearby to the Arabian sea, the church was built was a cross-shaped floor plan. Rev. Gibson was the first Chaplain of the church, taking hold of the responsibilities. The mighty stained lancet windows, the sunlight peeking through it, arched porch, exuberant altar further re-establishes the gothic revival architectural excellence prevailing inside the church premises.
With a different perspective towards practising religion, the Living Word Church in the heart of Bandra has taken birth over forty years back. This contemporary, free-spirited, bible believing and English speaking church has their existence in Chembur and Gurgaon in India, as well. With an intention to propagate religion in a different way, the prayers take place every Sunday and are based on the words from Bible-believing that everything is rooted in the pages of the Bible and that Jesus is the ultimate. The way of prayer includes talking and singing, one can just sit and enjoy the music as well.
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