NORZAGARAY, Bulacan, Nov. 23, 2015 – St. Andrew the Apostle Parish held the solemn unveiling and blessing of its Baroque-inspired sanctuary and altar pieces on Saturday, Nov. 21.
“God’s presence fills the temple. And this sanctuary reflects and mediates His presence,” said Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila, in his homily during the concelebrated Mass to mark the event. “Let your mind stand in respect and admiration when you see and stay in this place, as the church is reflected upon the majesty and divinity of God.”
Concelebrating priests included Msgr. Roman Nocom; Fr. Flormonico Cadiz, parish priest; Fr. Francis Cortez; and Fr. Danilo Sta. Maria.
“Love is in the details,” said Joseph Renta, who was in charge of the interior design. “We made sure that each detail acted in accordance with liturgical requirements.”
Renta also highlighted the real essence of having the church’s architecture and interior design to be beautiful as something that mirrors “our love, respect and devotion to God and His Kingdom.”
“From what Cardinal Rosales has just said, this initiative shall move us closer to God and to His Church,” said Fr. Joseph Sagun, guest priest. “The temple’s embellishments reminisce our love and devotion to the sanctuary,” he added.
“This church has been my second home over the years and seeing it as beautiful as this makes me feel really blessed and more determined to devote my time and talent to serve Him,” shared Justin Payumo, Parish Commission on Youth vice-president for external affairs.
“May the Lord grant us His grace and His strength, so that we can be deeply united to Christ, the cornerstone of our lives and the life of the Church,” concluded Cadiz during his inspiration message after the Mass. (Myraine Carluen Policarpio / CBCP News)