Photograph taken in the iconic church of St. Anne, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
26 July is the Feast Day of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In Malaysia, the St. Anne’s Feast of Bukit Mertajam happens to be one of the 20 biggest Catholic pilgrimages in the world, and is celebrated at St. Anne’s Church, Bukit Mertajam on the mainland of Penang.
It regularly attracts an estimate of about 100,000 pilgrims from Malaysia as well as neighbouring countries, who gather to pray or thank her for prayers answered and petitions granted through her powerful intercession.
Spread over a period of ten days which includes the actual feast day on 26 July, celebrations include a candlelight procession, a nine-day novena and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
A prayer to St. Anne:
Dear Saint Anne,
I praise god and honor you for having been given the grace to be the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Many who have implored your help have felt the happy effects of your goodness and powerful intercession. Encouraged by this thought, I humbly implore you, O good Saint Anne to hear my request:
(here mention your petition)
O loving Saint Anne, whose heart is ever full of human sympathy for those in trouble, pain or anxiety, have pity on me and grant me your favour as you have done for others in so many wonderful cases for the greater glory of God. Help me to know, love and follow Jesus by being a concerned citizen and an active member of His Church and to reach Heaven, there to praise God with you forever and ever.