Mysuru, Jun 4: As the annual feast of St Anthony is round the corner, the nine-day novena to the saint began on Sunday June 4 at St Anthony's Basilica, Dornahalli.
Dr Bernard Moras, apostolic administrator diocese of Mysore, inaugurated the new religious stall of the Basilica with Fr N T Joseph, rector, St Anthony Basilica, Dornahalli and Fr Praveen Pedru, administrator, St Anthony's Basilica, Dornahalli. They also inaugurated the novena by hoisting the flag along with Fr James Dominic, Fr Pakiya Raj, Fr Vijay kumar, Fr Avinash, Fr Praveen Kumar G, Fr Clifford, Fr Christopher and Fr Charles.
On the first day of the novena, the Mass was celebrated by Dr Bernard Moras. Procession of holy relic was held soon after the Mass and benediction of the holy Eucharist was conducted.
Multitude of devotees participated in the devotion.
The nine-day novena in preparation for the annual feast of St Anthony will go up to June 12. On June 13, the festival high Mass will be at 10 am in Kannada celebrated by Dr Bernard Moras.