Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Chettikkad St.Antony's Church



Chettikkad St. Antony's Church, Ernakulam, Kerala is highly notable as a pilgrim centre not just to Indians but also for people from all over the world. Thousands of people constellate in the centre that belong to different faiths and nations in order to seek the blessings of the Holy Saint. The church has the grace of holding and preserving three sacred relics which includes a part of the tongue of Saint Anthony.  ‘The Miracle Man’ as he is known in India is revered and worshipped for his power to heal various chronic ailments and diseases.  Infertile women have been blessed with babies and many children have been cured of their long troubling diseases.
People also visit the Holy Well near the church which is believed to have healing power in its water. It is surprising to learn that this is the only fresh water well among all the salt water wells that one can find in that area. They say the water level never goes down no matter how much ever water is taken from the well. So for a traveller or a devotee who is interested in knowing about the miracles and spiritual wonders this has to be on the checklist.  Since a lot of miracles have happened among the children, a children park has also been set up near the St. Anthony’s Church.
Mass Timings Chettikkad St-Antonys Church :
Various numbers of masses are conducted throughout the week, Tuesday being the most important of all which holds a total of 5 masses. On Friday and Sunday there are 2 masses each and on the other days a single mass is held.
§  Tuesday: 8:00 am, 10:30am, 3:00pm, 5:00pm and 6:30pm
§  Friday: 7:00am, 10:00am
§  Sunday: 6:45am, 9:00am
§  Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/ Saturday: 7:00am
Apart from conducting mass, a number of healing services and ceremonies are also organised. Special healing services, special prayers, holy services, rice giving ceremony are other such distinctiveness that is observed in St. Anthony’s Church.
Neighbouring Sight Seeing Spots
Those who are interested in stretching their legs and exploring the area can find a number of places to visit. There are a number of historical places and natural wonders that surround the place.
§  Pallippuram Fort- Considered the oldest European Fort found in India which was built by the Portuguese.
§  Maliankara – Was called the ‘cradle of the Christians’
§  Kadalattu Kurishu – This is where you find the remains of the old church.
§  Cherai Beach – Kerala’s natural beach.
§  Musiris Heritage
§  Little Flower Convent
§  Munambam Beach
All these places are within a distance of 5km from the St. Anthony’s Church. So anyone who is interested in travelling and seeing new places has a lot on his plate. There is no particular best season to visit Chettikkad St. Antony's Church as every day is an auspicious day to visit the House of God. So pack your bags and get ready to explore the wonders of Kerala. Also be open and refresh your palate with the various authentic cuisines of Kerala.

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