Mangaluru: The feast in honour of Relic of Saint Anthony will be celebrated on February 15, 2019. In preparation for the feast the nine days ‘Novena’ begins on February 6.
The inauguration will be done by hoisting Saint Anthony’s Shrine flag at Our Lady of Miracles Church Milagres. Rev Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza, the Superior of St Anne Friary Bejai will hoist the flag and celebrate the inaugural mass at Milagres Church. Before hoisting the flag a vehicle rally will be held wherein decorated Saint Anthony’s Statue will be taken in procession from Saint Ashram Jeppu to Milagres Church via Kankanady circle, Falnir road. Rev. Fr Anish P.V. Parish Priest of St Antony’s Jacobite Syrian Cathedral Jeppu will flag off the really and with a prayer and short message.
Nine days of ‘Novena’ are dedicated for different groups of people like youth, children, married, sick, elderly, religious leaders etc. Special prayers will be offered for these various groups of people. Renowned priests are invited to celebrate Holy Mass and preach homily on the theme marked according to the group dedicated for the day. The choir groups from nine different parishes will lead the singing on nine days of ‘Novena’.
The main festive Holy Mass will be celebrated by Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza the Bishop Emeritus of Mangalore Diocese on February 15, at 6 PM at Milagres Church ground. A Holy Mass in Malayalam will be celebrated by Rev Dr Joy Putheveettil from Allepy Diocese at 4.30 PM at Milagres Church. A Holy Mass for the sake of the sick and elderly will be offered by Rev Fr Maxim D’Souza, Professor St Joseph Seminary Jeppu, at 8.15 AM, at Milagres Church. Rt Rev. Msgr Maxim Noronha the Vicar General of the Diocese will offer Holy Mass at 11 AM at St Anthony’s Ashram Jeppu for special invitees.
The tongue of Saint Anthony who lived in the thirteenth century is still fresh and kept at Padua in Italy where he did most of his pastoral ministry. Saint Anthony is revered all over the world and is invoked especially to find the lost articles.
On the eve of feast i.e. on February 14 after the Holy Mass one hour 2D drama ‘Santh Anthoni, Potr Potik Pavoi’ (Saint Anthony, kindly reach my letter to my husband) will be staged in the open ground. It is a drama based on the miracle that happened in the 17th century. After this miracle took place people started writing S.A.G. (Saint Anthony Guide) on the letter asking Saint Anthony to reach the letter safely to the person addressed. The Drama is written by Clarence Pinto Padil and directed by Vincent Fernandes of ‘Mogachi Lahra’ fame.
Fr Onil D’Souza the director of the Institutes, Fr Thrishan D’Souza the Asst director, Vincent Mascarenhas media co-ordinator were present on the occasion.