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Celebrating the feast of St Michael the Archangel

30 Sep 2018 05:15am IST

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Today, September 30, 2018 (September 29 is the proper liturgical date) is the Feast day of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels. The parish community of Anjuna, Taleigao and Orlim joyously unite to celebrate the annual feast of their Patron St Michael

St Michael the Archangel serves as the patron saint of sick people who

are suffering from any type of illness. He is also a patron saint of people who work in dangerous conditions such as military personnel, police and security officers, paramedics, sailors and grocers and traditionally as prince-protector of the Jewish people, patron and guardian of Israel. Saint Michael has long been recognized as the protector and guardian of the Church itself and the angel of the Blessed Sacrament.

While September 29 is the proper liturgical date, today, September 30, 2018 is being celebrated as the Feast day of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels. The parish community of Anjuna, Taleigao and Orlim joyously unite to celebrate the annual feast of their Patron St Michael.

The beautiful blessed village of Anjuna lapped by the waves of the Arabian Sea, have attracted the fortunes of travellers for centuries. The Anjuna church is dedicated to St Michael the Archangel. It is also known as ‘Sao Miguel Arcanjo Igreja em Anjuna, Goa’ in Portuguese or locally known simply as Anjuna church. It is one of the oldest churches still standing in Goa, being founded in 1603. The evangelisation activities were divided in 1555 by the Portuguese viceroy of Goa, Pedro Mascarenhas. He allotted Bardez to the Franciscans, Tiswadi to the Dominicans and Salcette together with fifteen south-eastern villages of Tiswadi, including Chorão and Divar, to the Jesuits.In 1603, the Franciscans erected a massive church in Anjuna dedicated to StMichael, the Archangel. The original church building was rebuilt in 1713 and enlarged in 1897. Chapels in Anjuna affiliated to St Michael Church are Our Lady of Health Chapel, Mazalvaddo; Our Lady of Piety Chapel, Chinvar; St Anthony Chapel, Praias; Holy Cross Chapel, Chapora;and St John the Baptist Chapel, Gaunvaddi.

Prince Michael the Archangel is a heavenly being; we get a few glimpses of his nature and activities in the Bible. He leads the armies of God to Victory. Since the 15th century, the church of Anjuna has been dedicated to St Michael. Generations have faithfully venerated the devotion of nine novenas preceding the feast of their Patron. Anjuna has given many religious priests and nuns to the missions. The current generations prefer the Pilar Missionary society and many parents dutifully enrol their sons in the seminaries for discipline and work ethics. The Society of missionaries of St Francis Xavier took administrative control in since 1985. Since then, the hard working missionaries have brought a lot of change in the spiritual and social justice scene of the villagers’ lives.

The parishioners are currently shepherded by Rev Fr Patrick Luis, sfx, a vibrant, energetic, humble priest of the Pilar Society, who works tirelessly for the spiritual well-being of his parishioners for promoting the cause of the beatification of the famous son of our village, Ven. Father Agnelo Dsouza. The Pilar society also manages the village school Sacred Heart of Jesus High School for the village chapel committee Nossa Senhora Saude, generously built for the villagers by the late Dr. Armando Mascarenhas family.

Having completed 500 years, each annual feast is a renewed dedication to serve the mission of the Church. The pillars of faith, social justice, hope, peace, share and serve in a community spirit, the ethos of witnessing Jesus salvific mission on Earth. The parishioners of Anjuna invoke Archangel Michael as a protector of their business activities, which are also related to tourism. Anjuna is made up of 21 wards and almost all contribute to the state Government Tourism Exchequer. As simple village paying guest houses are replaced with boutique resorts and hostels, many villagers are silently resisting this commercialisation, while diligently working under the watchful eye of Prince Michael the Archangel.


Famous pilgrimage shrines of St Michael, world over

St Michael's Cave in Gargano, Italy

Le Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France

Chapel of St Michael in Kilmihil, Ireland

San Miguel Church in Manila, Philippines

St Michael's Chapel in Tarpon Springs, Florida

Chapel of the Sacred Heart and St Michael in Westminster Cathedral, UK



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