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St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade

Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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In Sri Lanka St. Anthony has many devotees and several churches have been erected in his honour. 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 and West who come to pray to St. Anthony, to ask his help for some need, to fulfil promises made, to thank him for answering their prayers and show their love and respect.
It started as a little chapel which was made of mud and was enlarged in 1806. 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 and is today held in great veneration at the church. 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.

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