Sunday, January 22, 2012

Feast of Our Lady of Livra Febres, Consua Verna, Goa, 2012, 2018, 2020

2018 Feast: Feast of Our Lady of Livra Febres celebrated on 28.1.2018, 26.1.2020

'The name ‘Livra Febres’ literally means ‘relief from fevers’. It is believed that the church was built as the sponsor of the church had attained relief from sever fevers he would be suffering from.  Ever since then, petitions are placed to the patron of the Church ‘ Our Lady of Livra Febres’ to gain relief from ill health, especially fevers.'

Febri fest
Villagers including us never missed this feast, we used to walk through the fields and under the hot sun covering distance of 7- 8kms to attend the feast at Consua via Cuelim, Xendo, Temba, Borsulem, Osoilem, Kumsar etc. We did not have vehicles not even cycle at that time till early 80s. We simply said 'Febri fest'. Our Lady of Livra Febres. ‘Livra Febres’ literally means ‘relief from fevers’
Bishop Alwyn Baretto was the main celebrant (Bishop of Sindhudhurg)
Choir, music was too good

Video 1: 26.1.2020
Feast Procession, blessings etc

Video: 2
Feast, feri, Cheuris pao etc


Feast Video: 28.1.2018
Also watch a train passing through the tunnel in the end

I have some fond memories of this feast.  We used to attend this feast 'Febri Fest' on foot by covering a distance of  8-9 KMs through fields and creeks/streams. My mother and many others in the locality never missed the feast.
Now there is a motorable road from Cansaulim to the Consua Church via Cuelim, Temba, Borsulem, Osoilem, Kumsar.
One can also reach there  either from Verna-Airport Bypass ( see pic) or Verna Nagoa Road.
There is a Konkan Railways tracks / Tunnel just behind / below the Church (see pics trains passing etc)

Feast on 28.1.2018
Sorry I was late and arrived only after the Feast Mass and procession got over at 11.30am
I thought the feast mass was at 10 and called Taxi at 10 but it came at 10.30.
Feast mass was at 9 and not 10.

I only got  the Feast brass band or festa muzg and q-ing for verneration (Umao).  I captured Festa Feri (Fair) pics and video with chonne, khajem, kat-konngam, Cheuris pao, Tamonn, Koiti, panttlio supam etc

Some pics , video coming soon

Over 100 pics, few links put up here

The Church, frontal, façade

Saibinn in the niche, Church façade

Inside, Main altar

queuing for Veneration , Umao or kissing
with offerings to Saibinn such as sup, sarun broom, garlands, candles etc

Festa muzg, brass band

Boje, kapam, ladu, samosa

Cheris-pao, sausage bread

Kajem, kadio bodio, dos

Gorom gorom festa chonne, grams
Katt-konngam, pos konngam kongio

Bindda solam, kokum

Koiti, koito etc
Rs.800 to 2000 as per size and weight

Bhata doule, doxi dandde
a large long-handled spoon ladle  with a bowl-shaped , used in copper pots moddki 
while boiling paddy rice

Tamonn, aluminium  pots ware
Kopro, maoddki, doxi kail, xidi etc

Panttle, supam, sarun, kuponnem etc
offering to Saibinn, a tradition
We used Kurponn-mand in our homes / kitchen to drain water from the cooked rice

Festa Tiatr
Aadhaar Card by Com Domnic

Kermes, rings, flowers, bags, jewelry, balloons, gogin, katty etc

Nearby railways tracks, tunnel, train etc - watch video
Walking, crossing pathway

Consua Xmas Crib 2017

2012 Feast pics and video

Feast of Our Lady of Livra Febres celebrated today at Consua, Verna Goa
22nd January, 2012
 I remember going to this feast, on foot, all by myself, covering a distance of
about 7-8kms.  I was just about 12 years. I almost lost midway...
See, I was into adventure or discovery trips even at tender age.

Now, by road it is about 5-6 kms via Cuelim, Borsulem, Kumsar

We simply said 'Febri Fest'

Saibinnichem orasao (Hymn, can be heard in the video in the end
soon after the procession/blessing)

Amche ganvchi askarinn tum
Soggleank amkam dovor samballun
Bhesanv ghal ge gorabear
Sonkoxttantlim sodanch nivar

Livra Febres Saibinni
Ami tujim oskot bhurgim
Ghottai di ghe Maie amkam
Tujea dhiran samball sodam
Happy Feast to you all

Some pics
The Church

the Feast Mass / Priests
Main Celebrant Fr. Denis Fernandes (Rector, Rachol Seminary),
Parish Priest Auxemio Monteiro, Fr. Joaquim Fernandes and Fr. Alfred Almeida

inside Church

Main Altar



Our Lady of Livra Febres (ummao or veneration)



Khorem . forem


Khajem, doz, kaddyo-boddyo


  1. Hi Joe
    Thanks for this festa coverage.As usual a very good coverage.The (ferry) is very interseting like a mini \bazaar.Hardware tools ,pork sausages,Tammon,items a very few feasts have such displays besides Mapsusa milagres fest.Really enjoyed the video. Fr.Jouaquim Fernandes is the current chaplain of ST.Ritas chappel in Carona/Aldona.

  2. Tx dude, wanted to go for the feast, but could not go

  3. Hi, I am from this village. I am working in Pune and was searching for some photos of the feast. Thanks a million for your post.

  4. I am a Mangalorean, had come to see my Mother in law, Alzira Rodrigues of Consua, attended the novenas n feast mass n liked every bit of it. Thank Fr Adrian PP for his love for the parishioners and hospitality. Thank you all Consua parishioners, may Mother Mary bless you all