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Thursday, 6th of June 2013
St. Francis Xavier's Catholic Church - Angulana belonging to the Rawatawatta Parish was attacked by a group of unknown persons between 10.00PM (5th) and 6.45AM today (6th).

The unknown group had forcefully removed the tabernacle from the altar, broken it open and had tried to burn the Blessed sacrament by pouring kerosene oil on it. However over 30 lit matches were found with the soaked wooden tabernacle which has miraculously refused to catch fire. The group had also destroyed the historical statues of the church which was present at the first church 143 years ago while also destroying statues of the Blessed Mother. They had also destroyed the church sound system connections. Upon witnessing the incident the sacristan had rung the church bell to call on the people of the area.

Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Christo Viraj Fernando and Assistant Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Kasun Fernando condemn this ruthless attack and request all Parishioners to keep calm and Pray to the Lord almighty for his intervention and forgiveness.

The incident clearly depicts the attack on Catholic faith not only to Angulana but to the entire Sri Lankan Catholic Community. Under the instructions of His Eminence Most Rev. Dr. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Blessed sacrament was removed and church will remain closed to conduct further investigations into the incident. Due to the disrespect to the Blessed Sacrament that occurred a special service will be conducted by His Eminence before the church will be reopened. The Angulana Police is conducting investigations together with a special police task force and security to the church premises has been provided.

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The kerosene soaked tabernacle that refused to burn
"And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." - Matthew 16:18
Awesome.  Grin

May the desecrators recognize the power of the Most High

Most sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thee, eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.

Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation, not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the promises of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy law.

We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are now determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Thy Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.

Would that we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou once made to Thy Eternal Father on the Cross and which Thou continuest to renew daily on our Altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth, we will live a life of unswerving faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.

O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit Thou livest and reignest, God, forever and ever. Amen.