In Pictures: Novena Church reopens

Huge crowds thronged the Church of St Alphonsus, better know as the Novena Church, during its first Mass celebrating the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels, on Sept 29, 2017.

An exterior view of the old (left) and new (right) prayer halls of the Novena Church, showing the vast difference in size. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Crowds outside the church, waiting to get in. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Altar server swing thuribles with incense as they lead the entrance procession into the church.
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Worshippers sharing shawls in the air-conditioned church. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
An altar server adds incense to a thurible during the service. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
The presider raises the host, which Catholics believe to be the body of Christ, during the consecration - the most solemn part of the Mass. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Rev Fr Peter Wee, the rector of the Novena Church, holds the first mass in the church. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Attendees participate in the first mass held at the Novena Church. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Crowds throng the shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Devotees stretch to touch the feet of the crucified Christ, hanging in what used to be the sanctuary of the old church.
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Devotees gather around the icon Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the 24-hour prayer garden outside the church.
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Crowds mill about in the plaza outside the old church. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

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