Feast of St Anthony in KL goes online in 2020

The popular St Anthony’s feast day celebration is this Saturday at the Church of St Anthony of Padua, in Jalan Robertson, off Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur – minus the annual pilgrims and the St Anthony’s bread.

Just like how we have been celebrating online masses and feast days, devotees and pilgrims are encouraged to join the parish priest Fr James Gabriel virtually as he conducts online Novena and Holy Hour via tv.archkl.org at 5pm from June 8 to 12.

This year’s nine-day celebration, themed Glorious St Anthony Our Great Intercessor - Pray For Us started last Friday with families and BECs praying either in their own homes or with fellow BEC members via online (Google meet/zoom).

The feast day celebration will be live streamed from St Anthony’s Church in Kuala Lumpur at 10.30am on Saturday (June 13).

“Join us for the celebration of our yearly feast days which will be streamed online in light of the current restrictions on public gatherings.

“This year's celebration will be broadcast online. Stay at home, get connected via tv.archkl.org and continue to pray to St Anthony,” read a message from the parish that ended with St Anthony’s saying, "Attribute to God every good that you have received".

According to Catholic Culture.org, St Anthony’s Bread is an expression of devotion and a reminder of St Anthony’s love and aid to the poor when he was alive. The tradition dates back to the 13th century, stemming from a story when a young child fell into a barrel of water and drowned. The mother begged St Anthony to help, promising to donate grain the weight of her child to the poor if her daughter was restored. The child arose as if only asleep. Thus began the tradition of promising and giving alms to the poor for favours answered through St Anthony’s intercession.

AroundThe actual name of “St Anthony’s Bread” originated from the story of a French woman named Louise Bouffier in 1890, who promised loaves of bread for the poor when St Anthony helped her with opening the broken lock of her small linen shop. After his help, she generously fed the poor with loaves of bread in St Anthony’s name.

In modern times, the term “St Anthony’s Bread” often refers merely to the money collected for the poor in St Anthony’s name and there is no actual bread exchanged. The money given to the poor is to help them buy food. https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/st-anthonys-bread/ 

St. Anthony is one of the most popular saints in the Church. He is the patron of lost things and numerous other causes. In Brazil, he is considered a general of the army; he is the patron of the poor and has been recognised as a wonderworker from the moment of his death.


June 8-12, 2020 at 5pm
Online @ tv.archkl.org

June 13, 2020 at 10.30am
Live streaming @ tv.archkl.org

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