Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Old Churches of Pampanga:
Santa Rita Church

      So this is the 7th and the last church I visited in Pampanga with blogger friends Don Triviño of bonggaba.com and Fitz Villafuerte of readytoberich.com. Our church tour took place in February 27, 2014, starting at the municipality of Angeles, then San Fernando, Bacolor, Guagua, Lubao, and finally Santa Rita.


     You would think that this church is abandoned when you look at the facade with its weathered-off paint and ferns growing on the crevasses. Well I actually like it. Santa Rita de Casia Church looks even older than the other historical churches in Pampanga. This structure was completely built in 1868.


     The interior of the church look pretty rustic. 
The municipality of Santa Rita is after all a farming town.


          Of course a church in a rural town can still have their dome ceiling artistically painted.



      The main feature of this church is this reliquary with an affluent gothic style retablo located at the left wing, facing the altar.



       At the chest of this half-body statue of  St. Rita is a first-class relic. The relic is from the flesh of the Saint which was part of the last batch extracted from her incorrupt body in 1972. Saint Rita (1381-1457) was an  Italian Augustinian nun. She's often depicted with a stigmatic wound on her forehead. She is the patron saint of heartbroken women and widows.

         See more photos HERE.

        And so this concludes my coverage of the historical churches of Pampanga. I hope it inspired you to visit these beautiful edifices of worship. May you travel safe in your Visita Iglesia and have a Blessed Holy Week.

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