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St.Anthony of Padua
Saint Anthony of Padua is possibly the most celebrated Saint for the Roman Catholics. Born from a noble family of Lisbon, Portugal in the year 1195, christened as Fernando Martins de Bulhoes, St.Anthony became Anthony on joining the Order of Friars Minor. He was the contemporary of another notable Saint - St.Francis of Assisi.
St.Anthony was an extraordinary orator - a loud and booming voice, incredible memory, a winning countenance and profound learning. His humility and intense devotion to the our Lord Jesus Christ earned him the spirit of Prophesy and the Gift of Miracles.
Miracles of St.Anthony
St.Anthony has always been popular in India regardless of religious affiliation. Just about 5 km from Thiruvanmiyur, in Palavakkam, a church was built in the year 2000 after considerable effort by the faithful from Palakalai nagar. Rt. Rev. Anthony Devotta, Bishop of Trichy, Rt. Rev. Dr. Amalanathan, Bishop Emeritus, Diocese of Tuticorin, jointly consecrated the Church on 2nd April 2002 and sanctified the sacrificial altar with a relic of St. Timothy embedded in the center.
In remembrance of the Eucharistic year (2004-2005), a 100 ft tower called as the Eucharistic Tower was also constructed at that time. In addition this church has a Grotto beneath the church which is populated with some rare images of Mother Mary in all Her forms. Palavakkam Church - as it is tucked away in a side street away from the busy ECR, is quiet most of the time. Inside the premises, you may find a number of caged birds and a few geese before the Father's hostel.
Prayer to St.Anthony For Healing
Prayer to St.Anthony For Protection Against Danger