Astonishing! My family and I got a chance for a church visit atSt. Mary Magdalene Parish Church in Kawit, Cavite. I truly wanted to complete all the seven churches I’ve mentioned in my recent post for Visita Iglesia in Cavite. Although it is only one new church visit and discovery for this year’s Holy week, what’s important is the real meaning of the Lent season.
We decided to visit one church this Holy Friday so that my mom-in-law can join together with my little family. You know when you are with oldies, their strength are limited to travel. Thankful that for the past health conditions we’ve been through in our family, nothing serious happened. Included in our prayers is mainly for my father who was recently admitted in the hospital. He went through an operation on his lungs and recuperating now at home.
St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church in Kawit, Cavite is beautiful inside and out. This church is known for healing and resolution for problems. While on our way to this church, we passed by the Aguinaldo Shrine. Coming from the main road, you’ll see the back side of the church first where there is only limited parking space. For an ample parking, we went straight ahead turn right and you’ll see the side of the church going to the front side with ample parking.
About St. Mary Magdalene Church in Kawit, Cavite
The Jesuits first came to Kawit in 1624 to spread Christianity. The first wooden church was constructed in 1638 through the help of six Filipino families from the towns of Maragondon and Silang, Cavite. Construction of the present church was started in 1737. The church was last restored in 1990 by the citizens of Kawit. St. Mary Magdalene Church of Kawit, also known as the parish church of the municipality of Kawit, Cavite in the Philippines.
Part of the history. In 1869, General Emilio Aguinaldo, the president of the First Philippine Republic was baptized in this church. His birth certificate is kept inside a glass cabinet and on the left side of the altar, where the miraculous life-size (original) statue of St. Mary Magdalene is enshrined.
During the Philippine-American War in 1898, the Kawit Church was almost destroyed by Philippine forces who bombarded it using a pair of 8-inch muzzle loading cannon, belonging to the Philippine San Roque Battery under the command of an American, L.M. Johnson. Through the concerted efforts of the Kawiteños, the church was renovated and restored in 1990 through the leadership of Fr. Luciano Paguiligan.
Address: Poblacion Kawit Gen. Tirona high, Kawit, Cavite
Tel. No. (046) 484 7485
The historical background of St. Mary Magdalene church is as beautiful as it is. My family and I were amazed the moment we went inside the church. The church is clean and well-maintained. The restrooms are air-conditioned (you have to pay P5 to help with its maintenance) and there is an adoration chapel at the side of the church.
For the Stations of the Cross, you can do it inside the church or outside beside the church. They have allot a place for stations of the cross too outdoor beside the church.
It is a wonderful experience to discover a church here in Cavite rich in historical background. The wonders of it felt like it is also enriching my faith as a Catholic and as an individual.
Have a meaningful Holy week!