Father Mark Embarks on Indian Adventure

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King’s College Chaplain, Father Mark Smith recently visited our sister school, King’s College, India to familiarise himself with the school and to attend a board meeting on behalf of the Headmaster.

On arrival at the school in India, some of the children placed a red mark called a Tilak on his forehead. A Tilak is a sign of blessing and greeting, and is used as an expression of honour when a guest arrives.

The following day, Father Mark embarked on a five-hour drive to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. The marble mausoleum was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan, who reigned from 1628 to 1658, to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal who had died in childbirth. It took 20,000 artisans 22 years to build and is a breath-taking reminder for us all to appreciate our loved ones every day.

Following his long drive back to school, the pupils surprised him with an amusing outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The setting Rohtak sun provided the perfect backdrop to a long and fulfilling day.

The remainder of Father Mark’s visit was devoted to educating the children and staff about the Christian Faith. He spoke to the pupils about how the King’s Christian ethos enables those in our community to flourish, as God intended, with dignity, joy and freedom.

He suggested that a Mantra for King’s College India could be, “Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly;” values that are both Judeo/Christian and universal. He explained that Justice means treating all of creation fairly; mercy means to be kind when you have the power to be harsh, and humility means to see and project yourself as you really are.

These messages were warmly received by the King’s community in India, and we hope to continue spreading the King’s ethos with an academic exchange to our sister school, possibly in the 2019 Lent term.

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