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When Marathas seized Salsette in 1739, Portuguese pullrd down our Lady of the Mount chapel in Bandra under British bidding. During this unstable political situation, the image of the Blessed Virgin from the chapel was safely sheltered in St. Michael's Church till 1761, when it was moved to its present structure in Bandra.
St. Michael's Church that is believed to have been built in 1534 by António do Porto, a church builder of the Franciscan Order, It was maintained by the vicars apostolic until 1853. At this time struggle broke our between two groups over its control - Bishop Anastasius Hartmann and the padroado order. The other discontented group who did not want Bishop Hartmann to continue.his hold on the church. Hartmann and his group stayed in the church for 15 long days and had laid siege to the church with enough food and water. Upon the intervention of the civil authorities on the 16th day to open the church for public, Hartmann had to give up his control in favor of padroado order. Earlier St. Michael's had been in control of the vicars apostolic for 60 long years.
|Perpetual Novena St. Michael, Mahim.Churches in India|
The novena prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour are held throughout the day.The belief has been that devotees who attend the Novena services on 9 consecutive days will be blessed with their wishes. The devotee offers the wax figure of his wish. For example, jewelry wax figure, if his wish is jewelry; house wax image, if he wishes a house.
Nowadays, it is said, 13 services are held every Wednesday, in various languages, including Tamil and Konkani( from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm).