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Flag hoisting at Kochchikade St.Anthony's Shrine

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- By S.Surenthiran

The flag hoisting of the Feast of St.Anthony's Church, Kochchikade, Kotahena was held on a grand scale with the participation of hundreds of devotees recently.

The festival will continue till June 13 when there will be a procession of St Anthony will be held with devotees chanting prayers all along the route. A large number of devotees are expected and the procession of the statue will commence in the evening at 5.00 p.m.

There will be three festive High Masses in the three main languages, Sinhala, Tamil and English at different times. The festive Tamil High Mass at 8.00 a.m. will be presided over by Bishop Emmanual Fernando and Sinhala High Mass at 10.00 a.m by the Bishop of Kandy Rt. Rev. Dr. Vianney Fernado. Apostolic Nuncio Rev. Dr. Peirre Nugyen Vean Tot will preside over the English Festive High Mass at 12.00 noon. There will be Holy Masses from 4.00 a.m. continuously till evening apart from the three festive High Masses.

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