Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, kindly note that:
1) There is now no age restriction for those who wish to attend Mass in person. All parishioners who are in good health, including foreigners, are welcome to attend.
2) No online pre-registration is required. Kindly scan the QR Code using the MySejahtera app upon arrival and kindly undergo the necessary temperature screening before entering the church.
3) Please arrive at least 30 minutes earlier to avoid congestion.
4) Continue practicing social distancing and wear a mask in the correct way at all times during Mass.
As for those who are unable to join in person, we hope you will be able to join our live broadcast. Tap to view more videos on our youtube channel: Minor Basilica of St. Anne, Bukit Mertajam
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Re-opening of The Basilica
The church grounds are open to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
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St.Anne & St. Joachim
The New Testament contains no specific information about the lives of the Virgin Mary's parents, but certain apocryphal writings do provide some details. Although these writings are not considered authoritative in the same manner as the Bible, they outline some of the Church's traditional beliefs about Joachim, Anne and their daughter.
Although Saints Anne and Joachiam shared a wealthy and devout life at Nazareth, they eventually lamented their childlessness. Joachim and Anne began to devote themselves to rigorous prayer and fasting, in isolation from one another and from society. Joachim, reproached at the Temple for his sterility, retreated into the countryside to pray, while Anne, grieved by his disappearance and by her barrenness, solemnly promised God that, if given a child, she would dedicate it to the Lord’s service.
Both received the vision of an angel, who announced that Anne would conceive and bear a most wondrous child. The couple rejoiced at the birth of their daughter, whom Anne named Mary. When the child was three years old, Joachim and Anne, in fulfillment of her divine promise, brought Mary to the Temple of Jerusalem, where they left her to be brought up.
In July, the Roman Catholic Church commemorates the parents of the Virgin Mary, Saints Anne and Joachim. The couple's faith and perseverance brought them through the sorrow of childlessness, to the joy of conceiving and raising the immaculate and sinless woman who would later give birth to Christ our saviour.
The Marriage of Anna and Joachim, from the Visconti Hours (late 14th century). Biblioteca Nazionale, Florence
Shrine of Harmony
The Church of St. Anne, now elevated to the Minor Basilica of St. Anne since 5th September 2019, intensifies the bond with the Church of Rome and with the Pope, who is known to the Catholic Church endearingly as the Holy Father.
Housed in the Minor Basilica of St. Anne, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, the Shrine of Harmony brings together pilgrims and devotees from different nationalities and faiths in earnest prayer and devotion as they seek the intercession of Saint Anne.
The Shrine of Harmony was named thus as it gathered those of different faiths and reflects a model of Liturgical and Pastoral harmony in the Diocese of Penang and beyond.
We offer our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all the pilgrims who have experienced the enriching presence of God through the intercession of Saint Anne and we pray that more will be touched as they make their pilgrimage to the Shrine of Harmony.