And here’s to conclude our Western Cavite pilgrimage tour. Our last destination is located to another historical town. The Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Church is located on the town plaza of General Trias Cavite. Much like other churches we visited, this one also has a huge historical significance.
The first church in General Trias was established by the Franciscans in 1611 and was later turned over to Jesuits of Cavite City in 1624 until it becomes a separate parish in September 9, 1753. The first stone church was erected in 1769 under the leadership of Doña Maria Josepha de Yrizzari Y Ursula, Countess of Lizarraga. It was restored and enlarged in 1834.
I love how the facade and the bellfry were almost covered by mossThe Luzon earthquakes of 1880 partially damaged the church. As a result, the facade was replaced in 1881 with further restoration in 1885. Between 1989-1991, the church was restored to its former looks. After completion, it was again consecrated on June 22, 1991 by Most Reverend Felix P. Perez of the Diocese of Imus, the diocese that has jurisdiction of St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church.The image of Saint Francis of Assisi outside the church along with the church’s historical marker
The historical marker. The St. Francis of Assisi Church by the way was declared a historical structure by the National Historical Institute of the Philippines in 1992The church’s nave and the altarUnfortunately I can’t get a closer shot of the altar due to the novena mass that was currently going on when we arrived there but as you can see, the church’s ceiling features exposed beams much like what we have seen in Maragondon ChurchI love the stone carvings on the facadeI was overwhelmed to see that they have a huge altar enshrining an image of Our Lady of Porta Vaga maybe because the church was once managed by the Jesuits of Cavite City This image will welcome you as you enter the church. I am not sure if this is St Francis of Assisi though. He wears the same clothes but this is my first time to see him holding a Blessed Sacrament so i might be wrongHead stone within the churchThey also have an image of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (Reina De Caracol of Rosario Cavite)Also an image of St Augustine (Tata Usteng) of Sta Cruz Parish in TanzaHere’s the closest shot I got from their main altar. Checkout how intricate the details of their retablos and their wonderful ceiling with painting depicting the Pentacost and there goes the image of Our Lady of Pillar of Imus on the Sanctuary.
I will have another entry in relation to this pilgrimage. It’s a short entry showing a mini Gallery below the convent museum (Museo de San Francisco de Malabon) and the Adoration chapel beside the church!
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