Sunday, March 17, 2013

Old Churches in Rizal and Laguna:
Pagsanjan Church

      Pagsanjan Church doesn't really look old as the other churches we visited in Rizal and Laguna. The current structure was probably built after WW2. But the original stone church dates back from 1872. Pagsanjan Church is also known as the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Laguna.

Click on the photos for a closer look. ^_^

         Of course the interior looks very much from our time. No more baroque style retablos.

The altarpiece is clad with these nice hand-tooled brass panels. 

A magnificent life-size statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Behind the altar is an access to where a devotee can touch the image and say a prayer.

       A life-like statue of San Juan Diego wearing his tilma that was miraculously imprinted with the image of the Blessed Virgin in the likeness of how she appeared to him on Tepeyac Hill, Mexico in 1531.

         Within the church complex is this old chapel that is said to be part of the original stone church of Pagsanjan. Here you will find an elaborate baroque style altarpiece showing a replica of the tilma that is imprinted with the image of the Lady of Guadalupe.

Behind the altarpiece is this display ceremonial vestments of priests that's probably from the 18th century.

Coming up: the last Church we visited in Laguna.

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