Situated in entrance of the Bacolod Metropolis Public Plaza, is the San Sebastian Cathedral. The church was based by Bishop Mariano Cuartero in April 27, 1876. It is without doubt one of the oldest church buildings constructed right here in Negros and it has endured the take a look at of time. The baroque designed framework of the Cathedral and coral stone partitions and interiors is an architectural surprise. The vestibule of the church provides a large entrance that accommodates a whole bunch of those that go to mass on a regular basis and non secular advocates that flock throughout particular non secular events resembling Lent and Christmas. Upon getting into, you may really feel a way of deep serenity and non secular enlightenment radiating from its mellow ambiance. The congregational seating contains picket pews the place worshipers can sit comfortably and pray. Its chancel accommodates intricately adorned chairs and tables.
Along with the church, candles and numerous non secular artifacts resembling rosaries and novena prayer booklets are bought for non secular devotees. Church goers would normally purchase candles and supply their prayers to the statues of the Saints situated along with the church and guarded by a steel gate in opposition to opportunistic thieves. The saints put on colourful and fantastically embroidered garments. The preferred non secular statue within the church is the statue of a black Virgin Mary carrying a black child Jesus. Legend has it that once you pray to this black Mary your prayers are almost definitely answered. A candle is normally lit and after a prayer is claimed, the padlock is banged in opposition to the steel gate thrice. Flowers and donations are additionally being provided by some individuals adopted by the three bangs of the padlock.
One of many largest controversies that the diocese is going through at hand is the difficulty relating to the implementation of the Reproductive Well being Invoice (RH Invoice). The church has been agency on its stand in opposition to the invoice from the very starting. The clergymen conducting mass at all times embody their vehement protest in opposition to the immorality and vile intentions of the RH Invoice. In addition they posted a marketing campaign poster in opposition to the politicians who voted for the implementation of the invoice and named them “workforce patay” (Dying Group) on the façade of the church. In addition they made one other poster and listed the members of the senate who voted in opposition to the invoice and identify them “Group Buhay” (Life Group). This made nationwide information and has been a supply of concern to the COMELEC officers that has been monitoring the progress of the Could 2013 elections.