St Anthony's Shrine
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St Anthony's Shrine

St Anthony's Shrine
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Nilushen
Colombo, Sri Lanka878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
This can be known as a favorite place to go together since childhood. We used to go here for worship as well as when our hearts were filled with sadness. Not only Catholics but also people from other religions come here because of the glory of God here. Many people go here on tuseday Im always love this place .St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade is a Roman Catholic church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua and is a popular pilgrimage destination for people of all faiths. The shrine was built in 1828 and is known for its impressive Renaissance architecture. The shrine is a place of peace and prayer for many people. It is also a popular tourist destination. Visitors can admire the beautiful architecture of the shrine, learn about the history of St. Anthony, and light a candle for their loved ones. It is designated as a national shrine and minor basilica.
The shrine has a small museum on the first floor dedicated to the memory of St. Anthony.
Tuesdays are particularly special days at the shrine, as thousands of people from all over Sri Lanka come to pray to St.Anthony.
The feast day of St. Anthony is celebrated on June 13th. On this day, there are special masses held throughout the day,and a procession of the statue of St. Anthony takes place in the evening.
Written June 5, 2024
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Adrian S
Colombo, Sri Lanka56 contributions
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Feb 2014
In Sri Lanka St. Anthony has many devotees and several Churches have been erected in his honor. Perhaps the most popular one that daily attracts people of every cast, creed or race is the one at Kochchikade, in the heart of the city of Colombo.

One has only to visit this church on any Tuesday of the year, to see the thousands from North, South, East & West who come to pray to St. Anthony, to ask his help for some need, to fulfill promisses made, to thank him for answering their prayers and show their love and respect.

The history of this church at Kochchikade as handed down by tradition and gleaned from the documents preserved in the Archdiocesan Archives in Colombo is as follows;
In the 18th Century, Catholicism was still a proscribed religion in Sri Lanka and priests could not exercise their ministry in public. The Dutch were persecuting the Catholics but who preferred to be degraded, impoverished and ridiculed rather than give up their Faith; Shrines such as Madhu, Talawila and Kochchikade are souvenirs of those dark days of the persecution. (S.G. Per era, S J Historical Sketches page 14) A few Orations from Goa, visited the faithful in Ceylon at the risk at their lives. Fr. Jacome Gonsalves the Superior of Orations who is affectionately remembered in Ceylon as the ‘father of Sinhala Catholic Literature, lamented the fact the Catholics of Colombo had no resident priest. However a zealous priest, Fr. Antonio, disguised as a merchant took up his abode in a house in Maliban Street, Colombo, close to St. Philip Neris Church. (The old Church faced the road) The Dutch discovered his hiding place, but Fr. Antonio, disguised, fled towards Mutwal. He met some fishermen who knew him and his reputation for Sanctity, and volunteered to protect him from the Dutch, provided he obtained from God the favor they wanted, namely the stoppage of Sea erosion. When the pursuers arrived, the fishermen refused to hand over Fr. Antonio until he had granted them the favor they were asking for. Fr. Antonio then returned to his home at Maliban Street, and came to the shoe, clad in his priestly garments and with a large wooden Cross in his hand. Planting the Cross at the spot most threatened by the advancing Sea, he prayed to God to manifest His Glory, by working this miracle. On the third day the waves receded and an extensive sand bank was exposed to the view of all.

The Dutch Government appreciated this favor and offered a reward to the people’s benefactor. The humble priest asked only the permission to live and die near the Cross he had planted. This was granted and the priest built a Chapel with mud in honor of his patron, St. Anthony of Padua. When he died after many years, he was buried there.

The little Chapel which was made of mud was enlarged in 1806. And in 1822 one of the members of the Congregation went to Goa and brought a Statue of St. Anthony and it was solemnly placed on the altar of the small Church. This is the very image that is to day held great veneration at St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade,and the side altar on which it rests, is the altar of the ancient Church and stands on the very spot Sanctified by miraculous event to which the origin of the same Sanctuary is due.

A tiny piece of the incorrupt tongue of St. Anthony of Padua is enshrined is a special reliquary and placed in one of the glass cases with a statue of the saint, at the entrance to the Church.

Soon after the arrival of the statue of St. Anthony the work of building of a large Church commenced and the Church was completed in 1828. The blessing of the new Church took place on Sunday the 1st June 1834, presided over by the Vicar General Very Rev. Fr. Caetano Antonio. It would appear that people of all creeds, government and military authorities too included, lent their support towards the erection of this Church which continues to be a centre of deep devotion to the Wonder-Worker. With the devotees of the Saint increasing, this Church too became congested. In 1938 plans were made to improve and enlarge the structure. A Chorister’s gallery, large wings on either side, the Mission house and meeting room behind the main altar were added. On the 16th February 1940 the Most Rev. Dr. J.M. Masson O.M.I. the Archbishop of Colombo, blessed the new Church. In his Lenten pastoral of that year he wrote ‘The Venerable building hallowed by over a century of Catholic piety could no longer serve the growing needs of the present day. It called for replacement; a new and more spacious structure has now taken its place. It is indeed a monument of love and devotion to St. Anthony raised by all, rich and poor, but mostly the latter, in Colombo, as well as in the whole of Ceylon. May St. Anthony protect this City and this Island and all his devout clients and lovers therein.(C.C.M. of 1-3-40)

The present marble altar in the centre of the Church was consecrated by the then Archbishop of Colombo, his Eminence Thomas Cardinal Cooray O.M.I. in 1951.

In keeping with the new Liturgy, the main altar has now been re-adjusted to enable Holy Mass to be said facing the people and Blessed Sacrament is now reserved on a special altar on the left wing. The Church now has a new appearance with its terrazzo flooring.

The miraculous statue of St Anthony at side altar has now been installed in a bullet proof glass case to ensure its protection and safety. And iron safe has been installed beneath the statue.

Daily Mass Times :
6.00 a.m - Tamil
12.15 p.m - Sinhala
On Tuesday - Novena To St. Anthony :
6.00 a.m - Novena and Holy Mass in Tamil
11.30 a.m - Benediction in English
12.00 Noon -Novena and Holy Mass in English
05.30 p.m - Benediction in Sinhala
06.00 p.m - Novena and Holy Mass in Sinhala
08.30 p.m - Final Benediction in Tamil
On First Friday Holy Mass at 6.30p.m.
On Saturday Holy Mass at 6.00 p.m.
On Sundays :
05.30 a.m - Holy Mass in Tamil
07.30 a.m - Holy Mass in Tamil
12.15 p.m - Holy Mass in Sinhala
05.30 p.m - Holy Mass in Sinhala
Written February 25, 2014
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Pererajag
Colombo, Sri Lanka34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
Beautiful, famous and one of the historical, busiest and miracle shrines of St. Anthony located in Kochikade, Colombo. I used to go to the church very often to pray and calm down and it was very uplifting. Ancient statue of St. Anthony always do miracles for me and for the believers. Tuesday is the main day in the week that devotees visit from all part of the island from all religion. Priests are very dedicated and conduct holy masses and always help people to guide spiritual life, on the other side there is a place where you can offer candles and pray. Recommend to visit and say prayer which I'm sure will be answered by the our Lord. Must visit .
Written July 8, 2016
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tazy02
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
This is an amazing place and when I walked in I felt the warmth and holyness of the place, the locals say that if you belive you will get,buy the candles from the hackers outside its cheaper too...a must to go to when in Colombo..
Written December 21, 2014
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B M
Great Yarmouth, UK1,145 contributions
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Dec 2014 • Couples
This is a very peacefull tranquil, a place to be enjoyed in taking time for yourself and prayer, very well organised when inside, to be enjoyed at your leisure and in your own time.
Written December 21, 2014
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newtonjsurg
Colombo, Sri Lanka205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
Go there if you are having a faith. So many Catholics and non Catholics are coming to pray here. It is the firm belief your prayers are being answered through the intervention of St Anthony. No point going there to see the building or fun as you may be disturbing the faithful devotees. The Church feast of St Anthony is on June 13th and it will be very much crowded then. When the Pope visited Sri Lanka he visted this church to say prayers.

Behind the church you will see a beautiful view of the Colombo Harbour.
Written August 23, 2013
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Khaa1329
London, United Kingdom78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Please take time to visit this historical church in Colombo, it has the relics of St.Anthony, a must for any visit to Colombo.
Written September 18, 2014
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J B
Greater Sydney, Australia193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This Church was always on my list to visit to Colombo, but more so since the bombing. We had to specially ask our driver to take us there. Security at entry etc and armed guards, however we felt it was well worth it to experience the devotion and faith of the people worshiping. True local experience and no one bothered us to sell anything or ask anything of us. Just quiet devotion. Historic building, which has been restored in record time thanks to the Sri Lankan forces. Pictures of the blast and names of the victims displayed. We stayed 30 min and then left. Heartfelt sympathies to the victims families.
Written December 14, 2019
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G Ramani
Pune, India55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Business
I was supposed get my VISA renewal by Thursday and I had also my return ticket from CMB to MAA. I was in desperation when my friend Mr, Franklin Vangazel of Urban Development Authority Battramulla told me to go on Tuesday and light two candles and just come back home straight. I did as told
Believe it not my VISA was granted for year within options for another one year. I feel this church is prayers answered forr all our pleas, requests, ambitions and survival.
Written November 26, 2017
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Dr. Dharshana Weerakoon
Gampaha, Sri Lanka530 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Family
Attracted by all the visitors. (all religion) Lovely Place to visit in Colombo. This area of Colombo is not much rush.
Written February 22, 2016
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