What could be described as a gentle melody has swelled into a vast symphony of prayer and praise that rises every Wednesday to the heights of heaven.
On September 8, 1948, the Perpetual Succour Novena at St Michael Church was started in a small way.
Today, more than 71 years later, we have a sea of devotees from all walks of life and every part of the city - and beyond. Devotees make their way to Mahim, Wednesday after Wednesday, to honour and venerate our Blessed Mother.
It all began in 1948 when Fr Edward Fernandes, who, on his return from Europe, having seen the devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour at Belfast in Ireland, brought back with him a picture - one blessed by placing it upon the original picture in Rome.
On 8th September 1948, the birthday of Our Lady, which happened to be a Wednesday that year, the first novena services were held in the church of St Michael. Fr Edward Fernandes was the Vicar at the time. Only two services were held every Wednesday, and it took three months before the devotion could take root among the people. It was a very modest beginning.