Crowd at Port Klang depicts earnest desire to return to church

After two years of online celebration of the feast of St Anne, this year we returned to the physical celebrations without the annual procession.

Aug 05, 2022

A pilgrim spending time in prayer.


By Fr David Arulnatham

After two years of online celebration of the feast of St Anne, this year we returned to the physical celebrations without the annual procession. It was definitely a returning to the church in throngs with much expectations and eagerness. These numbers are a powerful indication that the people of God are eagerly waiting and looking forward to returning to Church to experience and live Church by being in communion with one another.

This year’s theme, “A God who walks with us” was a reflection on the episode of “the road to Emmaus” where Jesus meets the disciples walking away from Jerusalem. Jesus opens their mind and heart by explaining the scriptures and eventually they recognise Jesus in the breaking of the bread and finally return to Jerusalem

There was also a theme song, “Bapa yang kekal” to help reinforce the theme and objectives for the celebrations.

The daily Novena Mass celebrations began with the community Rosary followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament which included a simple reflection on the theme for the day followed by the Novena in honour of St Anne. The simple reflection points and silence during adoration helped to prepare the mindset of the congregation for Mass and preaching at Mass.

The first day began with the theme “Emmanuel - God with us” and ended with the theme “I am with you till the end of time”. In between, there were themes to expand both these themes and further expound the awareness of God’s continuous presence in our lives through thick and thin. This was because it was felt that the faithful needed the reassurance of the presence of God to move on with life and to face life’s challenges with faith, hope and trust in God after the pandemic.

In addition, this reassurance was needed to rebuild our Church to be more vibrant, proactive and reach greater heights in order to truly shine as the “lumen gentium – the light of the nations.”

Interestingly, those who gathered in thanksgiving, worship and fulfilling vows made in previous years were not only parishioners and pilgrims from the other Catholic churches but also people of other faiths both in the vicinity and from elsewhere. There were also a number of pilgrims from the other Christian denominations.

On the whole, the congregation responded very positively to the celebrations and there was a clear indication of the difference between the worship of God and praying for the intercession of St Anne.

We are now looking forward to an increase in number/participation for daily and weekend Masses. In addition, we look forward to the emergence of a more vibrant and proactive church. Emmanuel – God with us.

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