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St. Paul's Church, Milagiriya

St. Paul's Church, Milagiriya

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St. Paul's Church is situated in the Milagiriya district of Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. It is one of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka as now part of the Anglican Church of Ceylon.

The Portuguese Era, 

The church was first built by the Portuguese as a Roman Catholic place of worship and was known as Nossa Senhora dos Milagres (Our Lady of Miracles). Milagiriya is the ‘Sinhalised’ name for the Portuguese word Milagres, meaning miracles. There was a well situated near the original church and during the time of the Portuguese people used to flock here as it was reputed to have miraculous properties. The sick were brought to the church from all over the island to drink the water from the well.

The London Illustrated News Feature,

The London Illustrated News published a sketch of St.Paul's Church Milagiriya in 1853 when it was consecrated by the Bishop of Colombo, work on the building began in 1848.

Vicars of St.Paul's Church Milagiriya,

Many priests have played a role in ministering to the needs of the local community in Milagiriya from 1890 and they include: Rev. John Ford, Rev. Harry Marsh, Rev. Paul Lucien Jansz, Canon Ivan Corea, Canon Christopher W. Mutukisna, Rev. Patrick Abeyawardene, Rev. Baldwin J. Daniel, Rev. Blessing Chelliah, Rev. Bala Arulpragasam, Rev. Padma Bharati, Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey, Rev. Chrishantha B. Mendis and Rev.Melvin de Silva. Presently Rev. Sunil Ferdinando serves as the Vicar of St. Paul's Church, Milagiriya. Among the vicars was also Rev. Mathew Pieris.

The British Era,

A British cleric, Rev. Joseph Thurston built the church dedicated to St.Paul and an industrial school was founded on the site of the church. The school is now known as St.Paul's School, Milagiriya and is a Government-run educational institution. The Church constructed in the style of a Greek Basilica was consecrated by Bishop E. A. Copleston, Bishop of Colombo. In the 1950s Reverend Canon Ivan Corea built the Rev.Lucien Jansz Memorial.

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