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A Day of Prayer

Another devotional practice here is to spend an entire day at the Shrine reciting the novena prayer, attending the Holy Mass and spending the time in meditation and prayer before the exposed Blessed Sacrament at the Adoration chapel here.

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Vesting of St. Antony’s Habit (Dress)

When St. Antony was in charge of the Dispensary of the monastery in Padua, one child with Epilepsy came to him. When Epilepsy started, St. Antony covered the child with his outer garment and the child was immediately cured from the disease once and for all. Following this tradition, the children who are suffering from...

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‘Ezhuthiniruthu’ – Initiation of a child into the World of Letters

In the Indian culture knowledge is considered to be divine and it should be transmitted from one generation to the next in a divine manner. A Guru (Teacher) should be a man of prayer, knowledge and divinity. The one who teaches the first letters have a great importance in the academic life of the child....

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Nercha Kanji

Ritual Food in the Shrine is gruel made with rice and coconut peels. The food is considered as blessing in the Indian culture. When one person’s physical hunger is satisfied, his whole body and mind tend to more positive living. The priest blesses this ritual food with holy water and prayers. The ritual food is...

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‘Adima’ – Offering Oneself as a Devotee

Fervent devotees come forward to offer themselves fully to the Lord through the mediation of the Saint Antony in the presence and with the blessings of a priest who prays for them by laying his anointed hands over their heads. On Tuesdays and other days after the liturgical celebrations it is possible to make this...

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Garlanding the statue of St. Antony

Garlanding a person is a part of the ancient Indian culture which symbolizes the honoring of a person and according him a cordial and warm welcome. It is also a token of love and thanksgiving for the divine graces and favors received from St. Antony. One of the most favored way of paying homage and...