St. Anne Church in Bukit Mertajam is a Catholic church located on the mainland of Penang. It is like a tourist spot because of it’s beautiful structure which has Malaysian style architecture. It has beautiful Minangkabu style roofing and is beautiful from inside the church.
You can read more about St. Anne and the annual feast from Tourism Penang’s site. The author, Adrian Cheah has written a very detailed history of the church and also the explanation on the St. Anne’s feast which draws busloads of pilgrims to the church.
I was there two nights ago and managed to snap a few photos.
This is the front of the main church. A Mandarin mass was being celebrated and the church was filled with parishioners.
This used to be the original church but now used as a place where the pilgrims go to ask St. Anne to intercede for them. To the non-Christians Catholics, I would like to mention that we do NOT go to pray to St. Anne. Actually, we are there to remember St. Anne and ask her to pray for us and ask favours from God.
However, many non-Christians have faith in St. Anne and will go to St. Anne church yearly to place their vows, thanksgivings and ask for favours.
St. Anne is fondly referred as the grandmother of Jesus. St. Anne is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
If you are around Penang, do visit St. Anne. It has a huge ground with a small hill at the back. Expect a carnival like atmosphere because there are throngs of visitors every night. You can climb up the hill. I haven’t done so yet and therefore, can’t tell you what is in store up the hill. The feast is on-going every night till 31st July 2005.
I feel it is appropriate I start this blog with a coverage on St. Anne. God bless!