Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Old Churches of Cavite:
Indang Church

      The 9th church I visited in our Cavite church tour, that took place  March 11th this year with my long-time blogger friends Don and Fitz, is San Gregorio Magno Church or Saint Gregory the Great Parish Church, established in 1611. The major  part of the stone church was built from 1672 to 1676 and it's completion was in 1710.  The  church was burned during the Philippine Revolution against the Spaniards. Repairs and restorations were made in 1953 and 1987.

        This church's uniqueness makes it one of my favorites. Of all the old churches in Cavite, this one has trope l'oeil (illusion of decorative mouldings and reliefs through paint)  on the walls and ceiling. It reminded me of Betis Church in Pampanga which is a National Historical Treasure.

    A life-size statue of St. Gregory the Great stands at the central niche of the main retablo. San Gregorio de Magno was Pope from year 590 until his death in 604.  He is usually depicted with a dove resting on his shoulders because of a story recorded by his deacon friend.  The deacon was writing down words dictated by the pope for a homily and there was a thick curtain between him and the pope. As the pope remained silent for long periods at time, the curious deacon made a hole on the curtain and, looking through, saw a dove seated on Gregory's head with its beak between his lips. When the dove withdrew its  beak, the pope spoke and the deacon  took down his words. But when the pope became silent again, the deacon peeped through the hole and saw that the dove had re-placed its beak between Gregory's lips. Cool, huh? Looks like the dove was feeding the pope some words of heavenly wisdom.

     This large painting of the Seven Archangels displayed at the right side of the altar was  discovered by the local parish priest at the back of the church, and it was "rolled and among burnt trash". I'm not sure when the discovery took place. Perhaps it was when repairs began after the church was burned in the late 1800s. Anyway, when it finally had a place among the church walls, Indang Church became a church of 8 patrons - St. Gregory and the 7 Archangels (Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Simiel, Oriphiel, and Raguel)

Do check out the rest of the photos of this very artful church! ^_^

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