And so we went to two similarly named churches two weeks in a row. This time, the Church we visited was in Cubao — the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. The cathedral of the archdiocese of Cubao.
I’ve a feeling that I’ve been there before, but I couldn’t really pinpoint when. Even if I think I’ve been there before, the sense of wonder when I first entered the church doors was still there. I am not a very good writer, and it’s especially frustrating for me during times like these, when I feel the lack words to describe the beauty of a particular place.
The first thing that Patrich said when we arrived actually mirrored my thoughts: “It’s like Hogwarts.”
I think it would be a far stretch to describe a Church as something like Hogwarts, but that’s how it first felt. Upon taking in the detail, I think I know what gave it that magical feel — the detailed paintings, the starry ceiling, the royal-looking banners along the pillars, the relief details along the arches, and the similarly decorated altar. A little above the pillars are the twelve apostles, each in painted circles. Towards the front, near the altar where the ceilings arch, painted on the four ceiling panels are the four evangelists. Really, wonderful detail. It was truly a sight. The church really maximizes on detail, especially on the ceilings, as if asking you to raise your eyes up to the Lord in prayer. The detail everywhere is just so wonderful, that it truly would make you look up
On the left side of the church grounds was a small nook where people could light candles. On the other side, there was a wing for the adoration chapel, the grottos, and the parish offices.