On 24th October 2015 the church dedicated to st. ANTONY OF PADUA at Kamuthy was consecrated after renovation at an impressive cost, contributed by not only parishoners but also by others—-friendly Hindus,and Moslems .
The blessong was done by His Grace the Bishop of Sivagangai.Most . Rev. SOOSAIMANICKAM.
Nearly 20 priests of the Diocese and a Jesuit priest Fr. Leonard, former Principal of St. Josephs college Trichy.and a native of the parish were assisting the Bishop in the ceremonies.
There was a very solemn Mass attended by churchful congregation.
Their choral response during mass evoked piety and reverence in the hearts of all. The choir with instrumental accompaniment,of professionals was a delight to ears and souls.
The sermon by His Grace was to the point.
“”Renovation of churches should aid to renovate our faith . It is a symbol of revival and a catalyst for re energising our spiritual life.””
The alter made in Teak of fine quality lent admirable beauty to the church. The old and beautiful statues of Mother Mary and of St.Joseph were examplary pieces in beauty and serenity. It is very rare to see such beautiful faces in the statutes in churches these days.
What about dismantlable statue of Our Lord in Cross.?
The face of the old statue of Jesus in agony done up now expresses the pain he undergoes and the trust he reposes in His Father.
The new Tabernacle with brass front of radiating rays, fish, amd heart fitted exactly in the backstage of alter..
The Monstrance of nearly three and a half feet height ,while placed in the alter suited exactly the church.
The real Master Piece in art work was the photographically embedding of the picture of St.ANTONy on a piece of white marble with LED lights to glow it from behind. . This has been placed in the alcove in the front portion at the root of the spire of the church. This strikes your eyes and inspires adoration to st. Antony.
The choir of the day was very pleasing to the ears.
A small booklet on ” Kamuthy Pangou”written by Alexander was distributed to the Bishop, priests nuns and congregation.The book traced the history of the church, its past parish priests, customs and manners of Kamuthy christians, and contained a collection of prayers and pamalais in use in Kamuthy. A brief introduction to the contents of the book was given by Alexander.. He placed the church to be in existence from circa1750..
Jubilation combined with piety permeated the atmosphere.
By A.X Alexander.