Bishop Offers Holy Mass during Annual Feast of St Anthony’s Ashram Jeppu
Mangaluru: Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha the Bishop of Mangaluru Diocese offered the Holy Mass on the feast and preached a homily on the life of Saint Anthony. St Anthony was raised to the state of Sainthood in the shortest time of 11 months after his death. The Pope Gregory who canonized him said, ‘ He is the arch of the New and Old Testament of the Bible’, meaning to say that he had read and digested the Bible. He was filled with zeal to preach the Word of God. He lived and died for that cause. That’s why God has honoured him by preserving his tongue from decay during the past eight centuries. Today is the feast of Saint Anthony. And on Saturday evening, the Holy Masses which were stopped due to ‘Covid 19’ will restart with the commemoration of precious body and blood of Christ. This may look co-incidence. But in God’s plan St Anthony on his feast leads the devotees to Jesus, the Bishop said in his homily.
The devotees were given an opportunity from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to come and pray near St Anthony’s grotto and to light the votive candles while following the instruction given by the government. Fr Onil D’Souza the director of the Institutes thanked all those who contributed and co-operated to have a meaningful celebration in the midst of pandemic. Fr Thrishan D’Souza and Fr Roshan D’Souza the Assistant directors were present on the occasion.