Mangalore: The feast in honour of the Relic of Saint Anthony will be celebrated on 15th of February. In preparation for the feast the nine days Novena commences on 6th of February. 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 people, 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 15th February 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. For the sake of sick and elderly a Holy Mass will be offered by Rev Fr Maxim Dsouza, Professor St Joseph Seminary Jeppu at 8.15 am at Milagres Church. 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 is invoked specially to find the lost articles.
On the eve of feast i.e. on 14th 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 Mr Clarence Pinto Padil and directed by Mr Vincent Fernandes of ‘MogachiLahra’ fame.
Fr Onil D’Souza the director of the Institutes, Fr Thrishan D’Souza the Asst. Director, Mr Vincent Mascarenhas were present on the occasion.