Churches to visit this Christmas in Bandra

  • Basilica Of Our Lady Of The Mount

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, more commonly known as Mount Mary Church, is a Roman Catholic Church located in Bandra West, Mumbai. This splendid church was first built in 1640, and then rebuilt in 1761. The most beautiful part about this church is that it is located on the top of a hill, overlooking the vast and mighty Arabian Sea. You can stand on the iconic steps of the Mount Mary to soak into the fresh sea breeze.

The highly popular ‘Bandra Fair’ or the ‘Feast of Mount Mary’ is an eight-day celebration held every September at the Mount Mary Church. The “octave” as they call these eight days, are preceded by nine days of Novena or prayers, which makes the Bandra Feast last a total of 17 days! During this feast, a sea of humanity is seen coming to the church to offer their prayers and also take part in the great celebrations.

Christmas special: Mount Mary Church holds one of the most famous midnight Christmas masses in the city, with carol singing beginning at 11:30 PM. The church glitters with festive lights and lanterns. Soak into the holiday spirit and the melodious chimes northern tower bell this Christmas Eve. It is truly a sight to immerse in.

Address:  Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400 050.

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Contact Number:  022 2642 3152

Website: www.mountmarybasilicabandra.in/

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  • Mount Carmel Church

The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a historic church located in one of the peaceful Bandra lanes, was built 123 years ago in 1894 by Jesuit missionaries. As the catholic population in Bandra increased in the latter half of the 20th century, a new modern structure was constructed in its place in 1981. What we see today is a unique amalgamation of the old and new structures.

Christmas special: The Church holds a midnight mass wherein everyone comes together to pray, to sing carols and wish each other. The Church beautifully lit up, and creative mangers depicting the birth of Jesus are also up for display.

Address: 81A, Chapel Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050.

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Contact Number:  26421589/26434695

Website: http://www.mountcarmel.co/

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  • St Peter’s Church

St Peter’s Church is a Romanesque style church situated in the heart of Bandra. It is located on the busy shopping streets of Hill Road. The foundation of the original St Peter’s Church was laid in 1852. It was soon realised that more space was needed to accomodate the worshippers. Hence, the foundation for a new Church was laid on the site of the old one in 1938. St Peter’s Church is very capacious and can accommodate a thousand people easily.

Christmas special: St. Peter’s is a must visit for Midnight masses. The service begins at 10.00 PM with carol singing. They will be holding an Annual Christmas tree ceremony on 14th December and the entry passes for the same will be available at YSS office. They also decorate the Church every year at this time with beautiful lights and lanterns. The interiors of the church are decorated with snowflake cuttings and lamps that make the intricate stained glasses shine, emanating a colorful glow – a sight you should not miss!

Address: St. Peter’s Church, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400 050.

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Contact Number:  +91 22 2642 3098

Website: www.stpetersbandra.org/

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  • St. Andrew’s Church

St. Andrew is one of the oldest churches in Mumbai and was in the news for turning 400 years old a couple of years ago.Built near the sea shore in 1575, it was the first church in Bandra until 1620.  It was constructed as one of the biggest cathedrals on the Island of Salsette then under Portuguese control.  It has a distinctive Portuguese-style white facade with bell towers.

Christmas special: Bright lights over the bell towers, lanterns, red and green garlands, and little star shaped decorations adorn the church during this festive month. On Christmas Eve, carol singing followed by mass starts at 10:30 PM.

Address: 115, Hill Road, Near Holy Family Hospital, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400 050.

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Contact Number: +91-22-  2642 3680/26427840/26415252

Website: https://standrewchurch.in/

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