St Anthony's Church KochikadeCurrently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
- Address: Kochchikade, St Anthony's Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Timings: 05:30 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +94-112329303
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:15 Mins
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids
St Anthony's Church Kochikade - Review
This is one of the most curious churches you'll ever visit. From the outside, it is by every appearance a regular Catholic Church. But the second you step in, it's as if you've stepped into a pagan temple. There are a dozen statues of Christian saints, and you will find lines of church-goers making offerings to each saint in a manner that is definitely non-traditional. The statue of St. Anthony is especially popular, as there are stories of miracles associated to it. During times of festival, the entire church is usually decked out in full Hindu-style pagan pizzazz. This all inclusive nature of the church has made a favourite of people of every imaginable faith in Colombo. The church was built in 1905 by an Indian Catholic. The church is an important cultural asset in Indo-Sri Lankan relationships.
St Anthony's Church Kochikade Information
- Photography is generally not allowed.
St Anthony's Church Kochikade Hours
- Sundays: 5:30 AM, 7:30 AM Mass in Tamil & 12:15 PM, 5:30 PM Mass in Sinhala.
- Daily: 6:00 AM-Mass in Tamil & 12:15 PM-Mass in Sinhala
- Saturday 6:00 PM: Mass in English
- Opening hours given are by mass times. Call the attraction to find out visiting hours.
How To reach St Anthony's Church Kochikade by Public Transport
- Take a tuk-tuk, taxi, or local bus to Kotahena Bus Stand.
- Drive or walk here.
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54.43% of people who visit Colombo include St Anthony's Church Kochikade in their plan
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St Anthony's Church Kochikade, Colombo Reviews
Nice place to visit. But there is a problem for Anglican' s that they can't take communion. Why is that? Jesus never taught that.
In Sri Lanka, St. Anthony has many devotees and several Churches have been erected in his honor. 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 & West who come to pray to St. Anthony, to ask his help for some need, to fulfill promises made, to thank him for answering their prayers and show their love and respect. A tiny piece of the in corrupt 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.
This church is devoted to St. Anthony. Holy masses are conducted in Sinhala, Tamil and English language. Real example to show the unity of all nations under one roof. Sinhala, English and Tamil people praying together, lighting candles and getting blesses from the god as one family. Not only Catholic people, Buddhist people also visit and respect this church.
The church's origins relate to the early Dutch colonial period when Catholicism was banned from the island with catholic priests carrying out sermons from hiding places. Fr. Antonio disguised himself as a local merchant, who found refuge with a local fishing community at Mutwal. According to local legends the community sought his help to stop the sea eroding their village and Fr. Antonio planted a cross and prayed at the beach, resulting in the sea receding and the community converting to Catholicism. The Dutch authorities then allocated him some land to carry out his sermons where he built a mud brick chapel dedicated to St. Anthony of Padula. Fr. Antonio is buried within the church. In 1806 the chapel was enlarged and in 1822 one of the members of the Congregation went to Goa and brought back a statue of St. Anthony, which still resides on one of the church's altars. Construction of a new church commenced in 1828 and it was consecrated on 1 June 1834. In 1938 the church was improve and enlarged, with the addition of a chorister’s gallery, large wings on side, and a mission house and meeting room behind the main altar. The enlarged church was consecrated on 16 February 1940. A tiny piece of St. Anthony's tongue is enshrined in a special relique which is located in a glass case together with a statue of the saint, at the entrance to the church. Five rupees worth of postal stamps were issued by the Sri Lankan government to commemorate 175th anniversary of the church on 13 June 2010.
The most visited Roman Catholic Shrine in Colombo. Visited also by non Catholics out of respect to St.Anthony as well as the Shrine, especially during annual fiest. The Shrine is known for blessings in abundance for devotees and the faithful.