Sunday, November 6, 2011

CHURCH SIGNS

 

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No.1 - Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours long and the pay low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world!

 

No.2 - When the restaurant next to a church put out a big sign that said ‘OPEN on SUNDAYS’, the church reciprocated with its own: ‘We are open on Sundays too’!

 

No.3 - Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain eternal fire insurance soon…!!

 

 

The pictures above are of the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception at Panaji, Goa.

Located in the heart of this beautiful, quaint little city, this is one of the first Churches to be built in Goa estimated around AD1540s. It was originally a chapel and was elevated to a church in 1600s.

The great bell of the Church is only second in size to that of the famous Se Cathedral in Old Goa. It wasn’t originally there but was moved to this church from the ruined Augustinian monastery in Aguada in 1841, when  Panjim became the capital city of Goa. It is known now as the "Bell of the Inquisition" 

 

The Red laterite four tiered staircase which makes a dazzling contrast to the immaculate white church entrance was built in 1870.

The very simple interior is dedicated to Mary. There is however an altar dedicated to Jesus and a chapel of St.Xavier, the Patron Saint of Goa.

Photography was prohibited inside the chapel so there aren’t any pictures to show.

The serenity inside is complimented only too beautifully by the fresh breeze that blows in, bringing with it the smells of the sea just a few miles away…

In spite of being in the heart of the city, this very pretty church and the churchyard is some place where you can be at peace with yourself….

 

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9 comments:

Lola said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing the pictures and the history.

Punam said...

Loved the jokes.. esp the one on 'open on sundays'.. :)

jabblog said...

Goodness - I hadn't realised the Christian church had made such inroads into Goa. I still maintain there are many paths to God, Allah - whatever you call him (or her) - there is no one true religion:-)

jabblog said...

Beautiful photos, by the way - I love the way you arrange them:-)

snoopydog said...

Great photos and interesting info! Have a good week. Ros

scotsmad said...

Beautiful...and peaceful..what's needed in a hustling city.

We love those church signs.

XXXoOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Two French Bulldogs said...

cool looks like the CA missions
Benny & Lily

Minnie and Mack said...

Your country is so beautiful and the skies are such a lovely blue!

Thanks for sharing.
Minnie and Mack

Tessa the Maltese said...

Very pretty!

woos, Tessa

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