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1st Tabernacle
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First Tabernacle Ministry
Any one would ask what is ‘first tabernacle’?. But Question should be changed from WHAT to WHO. Who is first tabernacle? Mother Mary the woman of the Eucharist (Ecclesia De Eucharistia, Pope John Paul 2, no:53) is the First Tabernacle (Ecclesia De Eucharistia, Pope John Paul 2, no:55) . She experienced the Eucharist, the Great Miracle of Love(Mane Nobiscum Domine, Pope John Paul 2, no:30) in the following manner as seen in the , Gospel of St.Luke (St.Luke 1:26-45) and thus became the First Tabernacle and the Mother of Life.

Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS)
The Birth of Our Congregation:
In the beginning of the twentieth century itself the Eucharistic-centered re-awakening in the life of the Church, initiated by the Holy Pope Pius X (1902-1914), had its impact on the Syro-Malabar Church. There was also a new missionary awareness and enthusiasm in this Apostolic Church. It was in this historical setting that the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS) was born.

God has been preparing two great men (mahatmas) in the persons of Father Mathew Alakalam and Father Joseph Paredom to take up this new charism in the Church, who in fulfilment of their life-long religious and missionary aspirations outlined a new way of religious life in the Church: the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. In 1933, the jubilee year of the redemptive sacrifice of our Lord, on Sunday 7th May, the feast of St. Joseph's patronage, in the mission church at Mallappally, Mar James Kalacherry, bishop of Changanacherry, established the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament.
Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Alakalam
 
Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Paredom
Fr. Mathew Alakalam (1888-1977) and Fr. Joseph Paredom (1887-1972), two brilliant and saintly sons of the Syro- Malabar Church, are the founders of our Congregation. In God's plan, while the idea of a new religious congregation originally took shape in Fr. Alakalam, his companion Fr. Paredom co-operated with him and nurtured it like a tender plant.

The personality of Fr. Mathew Alakalam stands out like that of Prophet John the Baptist who was no "reed shaken by the wind" (Luke7,24). He was a man of austere life and ardent zeal for souls, and was attuned to the voice of the Spirit.

As a mystic of the Eucharist, he often exclaimed in joy and wonder ".. praised be through the hymns the Most Holy Mystery of the Eucharist full of goodness and glory. Let there be worship and glory to the Most Blessed Sacrament….. as innumerable times as there are stars in the heaven and clouds in the sky".

Father Joseph Paredom reminds us of St John, the disciple at the bosom of Jesus in the Upper Chamber (John 13, 25). Like a branch united to the vine ( John 15,5) he experienced God's love and intimacy in a special way in the Holy Eucharist.

This is clear from his word : "How lovely to dwell in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament! What can there be more blissful! Oh! What a life can there be more joyful than this! That is what God has given us". He was a good shepherd who won hearts by his love and gentleness.

Convinced that a life cannot be fully Eucharistic unless it is consecrated to both God and His people, our founders left us an example of God-experience and zealous apostolic action. They have given us, in a manner proper to themselves, a glimpse of the beauty of religious commitment for a Eucharistic and missionary life.

And they remain our constant source of inspiration.
1st Tabernacle
First Tabernacle
Millupadi, East Veliyathunadu
UC College P.O., Aluva, Ernakulam, Kerala 683102, India