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Sto. Domingo Church to be declared national treasure

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 MANILA, Sept. 25, 2012— The Sto. Domingo Church and its liturgical objects in Quezon City will officially be declared as National Cultural Treasures by the National Museum on October 4.

Fr. Clarence Victor Marquez, OP, director of the Institute of Preaching, said the occasion will coincide with the traditional enthronement ceremonies of the canonical image of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, La Naval de Manila.

The original church structure, which was of gothic structure architecture, was previously located within Intramuros, Manila and managed by the Dominican Order. It was reconstructed again after it collapsed in 1589 but this time it was made up of concrete.

In 1960s, the Sto. Domingo Church was relocated to Quezon City after getting lot of destruction during the Second World War.

It also became the new national shrine of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila.

Since it is a shrine accessible to many residents of the city, the church became a melting pot of devotees from different places.

In December 1971, the autonomous Philippine Dominican Province was created, and the church was placed under the care of the Filipino Dominican priests, who accepted the responsibilities of the parish two and a half months later.

On February 23, 1972, the Sto. Domingo Church was canonically established and was declared a parish church.

From among the clergy assigned to the parish, a priest is elected and recommended to the local bishop for appointment.

For the parishioners, the church is not only a cultural treasure but also a refuge of the poor. During typhoons and floods, many families run inside for shelter and stay there for several days. [CBCPNews]



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One Response to Sto. Domingo Church to be declared national treasure

  1. The first Santo Domingo Church in Intramuros was inaugurated in 1588 but it lasted only for a year because at the end of 1589, its roof collapsed but the first image of Our Lady of the Rosary brought by the Dominicans from Mexico, then enshrined on its main altar, miraculously survived.

    The second church, this time, made of stone was inaugurated on the 9th of April, 1592. It is this church which kept the famous Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario. But this too was razed to the ground on April 03, 1603 due to a great fire which swept Intramuros.

    The third Santo Domingo was built afterwards and enshrined once more the Santo Rosario on its main altar. This however will only last until 1610, when a great earthquake which shook all of Luzon, bring the temple crashing to the ground.

    Once more, Santo Domingo Church is rebuilt. the fourth temple lasted for 253 years. It is in this church that the victorious soldiers of 1646 walk barefoot and pay homage to the Santo Rosario and where the feast of La Naval de Manila be held from 1646 onwards. In 1863, the structure will once again be dstroyed by an earthquake.

    The fifth and last Santo Domingo Church in Intramuros, done in the gothic style was finished on the 18th of March 1868. it is the church known to our forefathers and would be destroyed only because of the Japanese who bombed the church in December 1941.

    Finally in 1954, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the sixth Santo Domingo Church rose in Quezon City. It is this sixth structure which will be honored this year, October 2012.

    il Bambino
    September 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

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