The Shrine of our lady of Health located at Little Mount, Saidapet, Chennai on the Raj Bhavan Road is one of the oldest churches in the city. Every year, on the fourth Saturday and Sunday after Easter the parish community commemorates the annual feast of this magnificent shrine, rolling several centuries back in time, to present a great medieval – like religio-cultural event that stands etched in our timeline. Many miracles and miraculous healings have taken place here. Tens of thousands of pilgrims throng this church during these feast days.
This year, the feast is going to be celebrated from 19th April to 29th April 2018. Most.Rev. Dr. George Antonysamy, Archbishop of Madras- Mylapore, will hoist the flag and celebrate the Holy Mass. From 20th April till 27th April, the novena prayers and Holy Mass will be celebrated. On 28th April at 6.00 pm (Saturday) there will be a solemn Eucharistic celebration presided by Most. Rev. Dr. Sebastianappan Singaroyan, Bishop of Salem, followed by Grand Car Procession of Our Lady of Health. The Lowering of the Flag will be on 29th April at 6.00 pm with which the feast of Our Lady of Health will come to a conclusion. Rev.Fr. Lawarence Raj invites all the devotees of blessed Mother Mary to faithfully and prayerfully participate in the novenas and receive the blessing our blessed Mother.
SHORT HISTORY OF THIS SHRINE:-
This Little Mount Shrine campus holds together crucial historic evidence within it, to present to the whole world of faithful and tourists. It is a historic possession of Chennai City. The Holy Shrine has its origin from AD 68. St. Thomas one of Jesus’ own disciples lived in Little Mount for 13 years out of 20 years that he stayed in India. St. Thomas was also dedicated to Mother Mary. St. Thomas attained first stroke martyrdom in this area and Christianity was born here even before the European countries.
In the course of history the church that is dedicated to Mother Mary was built in AD 1551 by Portuguese in this rocky elevated piece of land. Other buildings came up later. The new circular church was built in 1971. Other historical monuments housed in this campus are the cave where St. Thomas lived, the altar, the miraculous spring, the bleeding cross and the various carvings on the rock surfaces.
This place is well connected by Road, Suburban rail and Metro rail. Rev. Fr. P.J. Lawrence Raj is the present Rector and Parish priest of this Shrine. All are welcome and be blessed.