A Day of Prayer
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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.

‘Choroottu’ – Ritual feeding with solid food
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‘Choroottu’ – Ritual feeding with solid food

In our Indian culture, the first formal feeding of a new born child with solid food is a spiritual act. This Shrine sometimes becomes the venue for the first feeding of a baby with gruel or rice. The priest praying over the baby makes this function a solemn one.

‘Adima’ – Offering Oneself as a Devotee
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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...

Garlanding the statue of St. Antony
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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...