Thursday, April 2, 2015

Old Churches of Cavite:
Silang Church

     As you may have noticed, it was already dark when we got to our 10th church. The battery of my old point n' shoot camera was all used up, and the cam of my Galaxy tab is just no good for low-light. But Don offered me to use his iPhone hehe.

     Anyway, Silang Church is also known as the Our Lady of the Candelaria Church. The present stone church was built from 1637 to 1639 and was dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria in 1640 shortly after a statue of her was discovered in the mountains of Silang. Like most of the very old churches, it underwent a series of repairs because of damage from fire and earthquake. Restorations were done in the 70's and in the decades that follow.

     Apart from the retablos, everything else in the church looks new, even the evenly-cut masonry of the walls suggest newness. And I'm loving the combination! My idea of a nice contemporary interior is that which use natural finishes, and of course very very old conversation pieces! ^_^

    In the central niche of the 3-tier retablo is a statue of  Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria. The spanish word "Candelaria" means Candlemas which celebrates the Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. In Jewish tradition, a woman who naturally has expelled blood while giving birth is considered "unclean" so after 40 days the woman shall present herself and her new baby to a priest in the Temple to be purified once again.


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