Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Silang, Cavite

Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, Silang, Cavite:  The Franciscans established this as a parish in 3 February 1595. When the church was burned in 30 August 1603, they rebuilt it and dedicated it to San Diego de Alcala. In 1611, they handed this church to the Jesuits.

The Interior of the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, Silang, Cavite. Photo: Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

The Interior of the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, Silang, Cavite. Photo: Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

In 1637-39, Fr. Juan de Salazar SJ built this church of stone and dedicated it to Our Lady of Candelaria. This is the reason for the dedication: a native found the image of Our Lady, but the image mysteriously disappeared several times. Upon the advice of a Jesuit, the natives built a church so that the image will have its home. The devotion to Our Lady of Candelaria grew from then on.

Notable to the visit is this retablo of Jesuit saints.

The Retablo of Jesuit Saints, Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, Silang, Cavite. Photo: Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

The Retablo of Jesuit Saints, Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, Silang, Cavite. Photo: Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

These are details from the retablos of the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria. If you want a little excitement, identify the Jesuit saints in the retablos. And then, offer candles for your petitions to end your visit.

Jesuit saints enshrined in one of retablos of the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, Silang, Cavite. Photo: Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

Jesuit saints enshrined in one of retablos of the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, Silang, Cavite. Photo: Fr. Jboy Gonzales SJ

Next stop: Parish of St. Gregory the Great (San Gregorio Magno), Indang, Cavite. If you want to check out other pilgrimage sites of Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches, click the links below.

1 Santa Maria Magdalena, Kawit, Cavite

2 Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Silang, Cavite

3 San Gregorio Magno, Indang, Cavite

4 Nuestra Señora dela Asuncion, Maragondon, Cavite

 

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