Thousands attend St Anne’s feast Bukit Mertajam

Once again, the annual St Anne’s Novena and Feast at Bukit Mertajam, Penang, is here.

Every year,  the ten days novena and prayer draws  thousands of pilgrims from all over the country, and also from neigbouring countries.

This year, the feast started on 25 July and will end on 3 August. The theme for this year is ‘Called, Chosen and Sent’.

St Anne, who is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  is also the patron saint of unmarried women, housewives, women in labour, grandmothers, horseback riders, cabinet makers and miners.  She has been known as an intercessor of healing in particular, especially to do with marriage and family.

Pilgrims who attended the feast, will seek petitions from St Anne or thank her for previous petitions granted.

The celebration this year, will see two processions, with the float of St Anne.

On 26 July (which happens to be the real day of her feast), after the multi-lingual Mass in the evening, the procession will go out on the street of a distance about 5 km.

The highlight of the celebration will be on 2 August, when the Bishop of Penang, Rt Rev Sebastian Francis, lead an open-air Mass at the church’s sprawling grounds. This will be followed by an indoor procession and then the burning of petitions (to signify the offering up of petitions). A concert will then end the night.

There will be a live streaming of the event beginning at 8.00pm (with Mass) on 2 August for those who are unable to attend it.

Inside the Shrine of St Anne, where pilgirms enter to pay homage to St Anne with lighted candles and/or flowers.
Inside the Shrine of St Anne, where pilgirms enter to pay homage to St Anne with lighted candles and/or flowers.
Inside the Shrine of St Anne. Lighting candles to pray to St Anne
Inside the Shrine of St Anne. Lighting candles to pray to St Anne
Inside the Shrine of St Anne. The statue of St Anne, with Mary by her side
Inside the Shrine of St Anne.
The statue of St Anne, with Mary by her side
Sale of flowers by the church
Sale of flowers by the church
Sale of  St Anne's blessed water in plastic bottles in the shape of St Anne and also sale of candles (by the church)
Sale of St Anne’s blessed water in plastic bottles in the shape of St Anne and also sale of candles (by the church)
sale of T-shirts with Bible verses or inspirational quotes by the church
sale of T-shirts with Bible verses or inspirational quotes by the church
sale of religious articles by the Sisters from the Daughters of St Paul
sale of religious articles by the Sisters from the Daughters of St Paul
one of the 14 life-size statues depicting the '14 stations of the cross' that are spread throughout the sprawling field
one of the 14 life-size statues depicting the ’14 stations of the cross’ that are spread throughout the sprawling field
one of the 14 life-size statues depicting the '14 stations of the cross' that are spread throughout the sprawling field
one of the 14 life-size statues depicting the ’14 stations of the cross’ that are spread throughout the sprawling field
Inside the Church of St Anne, where Masses and novenas are held.
Inside the Church of St Anne, where Masses and novenas are held.
Inside the Church of St Anne. Before the Mass begins, Fr. Cyril, from India gave a 2-hours talk on the 'Different kind of spirituality'.
Inside the Church of St Anne. Before the Mass begins, Fr. Cyril, from India gave a 2-hours talk on the ‘Different kind of spirituality’.
the shrine of St Anne from the outside as night falls
the shrine of St Anne from the outside as night falls
This beautifully decorated float with the statue of St Anne and Mary is for the procession on the two Saturdays.
This beautifully decorated float with the statue of St Anne and Mary is for the procession on the two Saturdays.

Note:  All photos taken on 25/7/2014

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