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St. Mark Cathedral, Infanta, Quezon
Part 3 of a series.
After enjoying our most affordable lunch ever at Queen’s in Infanta, we walked back to the Infanta Church to explore a little more of Northern Quezon.
We stopped by Infanta Public Market to buy some essentials.
Infanta Public Market
Across the church grounds of Infanta stands the municipal hall of Infanta.
Infanta Town Hall
And finally, we were back at the Infanta Church grounds.
Infanta Church exteriors
Built in 1950, the St. Mark Cathedral is named after the town’s patron saint, St. Mark. The town celebrates its fiesta every April 25. Not much is written about the history of the town and its church, but it is interesting to note that while the church retains the traditional celebration of the town fiesta mass service, Infanta has done away with the traditional town procession of the images of saints in the major streets of the town during the town fiesta and during Good Friday, according to some reports.
Judging from the columns, I guess the church has undergone a renovation recently. There wasn’t really anything special in the church’s interiors. You may have noticed that a lot of entries on this blog are about churches. That’s because when our family visits new places, we always make an effort to visit their churches and offer our prayers of thanksgiving for all the blessings our family has continued to receive.
Before our visit to the Infanta Church, a wedding was being held, as seen from the flower petals on the floor
St. Mark Cathedral altar
Another interesting thing to note inside the Infanta Church is the small image of St. Mark in the altar, accompanied by an ox. According to a source, the New Testament mentions that a lion represents St. Mark because he starts his Gospel with St. John the Baptist, “the voice of one crying in the desert,” and emphasizes the miraculous powers of the Redeemer. On the other hand, the ox represents St. Luke, the animal of sacrifice, because he begins with the history of Zachary the priest offering sacrifice to God, and accentuates the universal priesthood of Christ.
So, could it be that the image on the altar is actually that of St. Luke and not St. Mark?
(…to be continued)