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….