Wednesday, May 15, 2013

CAVITE: Ternate - Sto. Niño Parish Church

Sto. Niño de Ternate one of the churches rich in history in Cavite can be found at Ternate which is usually known for black sand beaches. 1663 when it was established by Jesuit Missionaries. It was installed as titular patron saint after the Mardicas, the first settlers from Ternate Moluccas Island  of eastern Indonesia, with the Holy image of Sto. Niño de Ternate.

The bell tower.

Year 1692 when Fr. Antonio Borja decided to construct a church for Ternate, however stopped during 1700. Philippine revolution against Spanish happened in 1899 and the church was devastated and only the Holy image of Sto. Niño was left.

Sto. Nino de Ternate original image.

People and devotees of Sto. Niño form Batangas, Rizal, Bataan reconstruct the church in 1906. However for 30 years it was under Manila Archbishop interdict, an ecclesiastical censure that excludes groups, individuals form certain rights of the church, but do not remove them from being a member. This was because his foot was accidentally hit by a stone during the "Visita Pastoral".

The main altar where the original image is kept.

After so many rise and fall of this parish, Sto. Niño de Ternate stood still and gave so many miracles ever since. Because of that people traditionally bathe the original image every year a day before New Year and believed water used can cure illnesses.

View after touching the Holy image, at the back of the altar.

When we went here, people and devotees are allowed to go and touch the Holy image of Sto. Niño de Ternate at the back of the altar. A very nice experience to feel an image who came all the way from Indonesia and saw all the tragedy and condition happened in the town.

Wood carvings.

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