Visita Iglesia: Santo Domingo Church

There is one image that always catch my attention whenever I pass by in front of the Santo Domingo Church, which is located along Quezon Avenue. That image is the bas-relief of Mama Mary flanked by Spanish soldiers on the facade of the church.
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Facade of Sto. Domingo Church

The relief gives homage to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval Manila, whose intercession was sought during the war against the Dutch on Philippine waters in 1646. Santo Domingo Church serves as the Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of La Naval Manila.
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Zoom in of bas-relief on the facade of Sto. Domingo Church

This church is being run by the Dominicans. As the name implies, Santo Domingo Church is named after Saint Dominic, who is the founder of the Dominican Order. The cornerstone of the church was laid in 1952. The image of La Naval was enshrined here in 1954.
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Sto. Domingo Church

I got the chance to visit this beautiful church one early morning. The reason of my visit is to avail of the Sacrament of Confession. Unfortunately, the schedule of confessions was in the early evening. Failing to fulfill my mission, I just prayed and then had my eyes feast on the beauty of the Santo Domingo Church.

I didn't have my digital camera that time and the photos taken using the camera of my mobile phone didn't give justice to the beauty of Santo Domingo Church's stained-glass windows and other works of art. I just grabbed some photos from Fr. Abe Arganiosa's blog.
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Altar of Sto. Domingo Church
Altar of Santo Domingo Church showing the mosaic of Saint Dominic.
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Devotees of La Naval praying inside Sto. Domingo Church
Devotees praying to La Naval de Manila.
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Stained-glass of Sto. Domingo Church
Left: battle of La Naval de Manila. Center: Saint Dominic and Saint Siena kneeling
before Mama Mary. Right: battle of Lepanto.
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Stained-glass window of Sto. Domingo Church
The descent of the Holy Spirit, the ascension of Mama Mary and her crowning.

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Stained-glass window in Sto. Domingo Church
The Crucifixion.

See more of these beautiful stained-glass of Santo Domingo Church in Father Abe's blog.

Santo Domingo Church is one of the most beautiful church that I had visited. The presence of artworks that give homage to Mother Mary truly shows how much the Filipinos love her. La Naval is not only revered because of her help in the war against the Dutch. Filipino Catholics greatly believed that it is through her intercession that the People Power Revolution of 1986 became victorious without any bloodshed.

Prayer to La Naval de Manila

Holy Mary, at the sound of your voice, Elizabeth, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and the baby in her womb leapt for joy. Visit us as you visited the home of Elizabeth. During our earthly pilgrimage towards God's kingdom, may we magnify the Lord whose greatness endures from age to age, who lifts up the lowly, fills the starving with good things, and comes to the help of His servants.

Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval, Our Mother, first disciple of your Son Jesus, intercede for us in our most earnest request (pause for a moment and offer your petition).

May we, in turn heed your unceasing call to do whatever your Son tells us to do. With your powerful intercession, we believe that what is most difficult can be done, what we have overlooked, you cannot miss, what is meaningless, bitter or painful can be transformed into fulfillment, gratitude and joy. Amen.

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Visita Iglesia is a Catholic tradition of visiting seven churches during Maundy Thursday. For each day, this Holy Week, I will feature one church as a sort of virtual Visita Iglesia.

May the Lord deepen our faith in Him this Holy Week! Amen.

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