Saint Gregory the Great Parish Church (Indang)

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Indang Church
St. Gregory the Great Parish Church
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Facade of Indang Church
Indang Church is located in Philippines
Indang Church
Indang Church
Republic of the Philippines
14°12′10″N 120°50′25″E / 14.20278°N 120.84028°E / 14.20278; 120.84028Coordinates: 14°12′10″N 120°50′25″E / 14.20278°N 120.84028°E / 14.20278; 120.84028
LocationPoblacion, Indang, Cavite
CountryPhilippines
DenominationRoman Catholic
History
StatusParish church
Founded1625 (1625)
Founder(s)Angelo Armano
DedicationSt. Gregory the Great
Dedicated1625
Relics heldSt. Gregory the Great
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Architectural typeChurch building
StyleBaroque
Groundbreaking1672
Completed1710
Administration
ArchdioceseManila
DioceseImus
ProvinceCavite
Clergy
ArchbishopLuis Antonio Tagle
Bishop(s)Reynaldo G. Evangelista
Priest(s)Alex Melchor Tupas

The St. Gregory the Great Parish Church (Filipino: Simbahan ng Parokya ni San Gregorio Magno) commonly known as Indang Church is a Roman Catholic church in the municipality of Indang, Cavite, Philippines, under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Imus.

Church history[edit]

Indang, originally Indan,[1] was originally a chapel (or visita) of Silang under the Jesuits.[2] The church's historical marker stated that the church was established as a mission station of Father Angelo Armano in 1611 and a separate parish in 1625 under the advocacy of St. Gregory the Great.[3] Even before it became a full-pledged parish, the parish had established devotion to St. Francis Xavier.[3] A huge part of the stone church was built during the term of Father Luis Morales from 1672 to 1676 and was finished on 1710.[4] Diocesan priests served the parish starting in 1768 and it was later transferred to the Dominicans in 1891.[3] The church was burned during the Philippine revolution against the Spaniards.[3] It was restored under the auspices of Msgr. Mauro de Leon in 1953 and Father Cornelio Matanguihan in 1987.[3]

Features[edit]

Upon entering the church, elegantly carved doors will be seen first together with the impressive carvings on the choir loft balcony. Built during the 18th century, it has an impressive rose-colored trompe l'oil paintings on its ceiling.[5] Several commemorative gravestones can also be seen in the walls and pillars of the church.[6] The retablo has three levels of niches for images of saints.[6] Unlike the elegant rose-colored ceiling, restoration works on the retablo involved repainting, with red and gold.[6] At the central niche is the image of the town's patron, St. Gregory the Great. Located at the right side of the altar is a painting of St. Michael and the Archangels.[4] The pulpit of the church carries the Jesuit monogram surmounted by the image of the Christ child as a sign of being a parish under the Jesuits before the Suppression of the Society of Jesus of 1768.[7]

The church of Indang was one of the first churches in Cavite to use galvanized iron as its roofing in 1869.[2] The adjacent old convento has wide windows and wrought iron work along the sides.[6]

Devotions[edit]

Painting on the Seven Archangels on the right side of the altar
Painting on the Seven Archangels on the right side of the altar

Indang was dedicated under the chaplaincy of Pope St. Gregory the Great (also San Gregorio Magno). In one incident, the local parish priest found a big, rolled picture at the back of the church together with burnt trash. It was found out to be a painting of the seven archangels. Since then, the devotion to the archangels also grew in the town together with the intercession of St. Gregory the Great giving the parish of Indang eight patrons.[8] The icon of the archangels is currently found at the right side of the altar. Several miracles are attributed to St. Gregory and the seven archangels including the peaceful stay of the Japanese soldiers during the war and a failed attempt to raid the town, by bandits.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Indang". December 5, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Jose, Regalado Trota , Jr. (1986). "Church Expenses in Nineteenth Century Cavite". Philippine Studies. 34 (3): 360–373. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Palatandaang Pangkasaysayan ng Simbahan ng Indang". September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Indang, Haven of Cold Springs". June 22, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "St. Gregory the Great Church". Indang Cavite | Historic & Beautiful. October 15, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d "Especially Indang". Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Javellana, SJ, Fr. Rene. "Restored". Philippine Jesuits. Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Gonzales, Dick (July 10, 2009). "The Miraculous Patrons of Indang, Cavite". Retrieved September 4, 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Saint Gregory the Great Parish Church of Indang at Wikimedia Commons