SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 1 – VISITING NEGOMBO – ST. SEBASTIAN CHURCH

by Antonio Gil January. 11, 2019 277 views

People attending mass were so many that there were a lot of them outside the church

People attending mass were so many that there were a lot of them outside the church

children attending catechesis

children attending catechesis

end of mass – Teresa's picture

end of mass – Teresa's picture

♫♫ Sebasthiyan Muniduni (St. Sebastian Hymn) ♫♫

St. Sebastian Church, Negombo, Sri Lanka.

St. Sebastians at Sea Street, Negombo, is one of the most beautiful churches in Sri Lanka. It is built in the Gothic style and the foundation stone for this edifice was laid by Peter Marque the Archbishop of Colombo on February 2, 1936.

It was designed based on the model of Reims Cathedral in France. However later as funds were not available, the height had to be reduced from that of the Reims Cathedral. Although the services were conducted at the site from the beginning it took a decade to complete the edifice.

It was due to the pioneering efforts of the missionaries during the Portuguese times that the Catholic faith took a firm root in Sri Lanka. The people who suffered from deadly diseases like cholera, leprosy and typhoid were attended to and cared for by the missionaries. They prayed to St. Sebastian, the Patron Saint of the sick, for the recovery of patients. The people in turn who recovered developed a special devotion to St. Sebastian.

When the devotion to St. Sebastian became popular the missionaries gave statues of St. Sebastian to people and encouraged them to build churches for St. Sebastian.

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José Manuel 1 week, 1 day ago

#4 +1+1

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Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 1 week, 1 day ago

Essa correu bem smile

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José Manuel 1 week, 1 day ago

#1 +1 #2 +1

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Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 1 week, 1 day ago

Vai ser uma forma de recordar a nosa viagem aos poucos

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Bethany Plonski 1 week, 2 days ago

I know I'm not alone, but #4 steals the show for me. smile Just beautiful!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 week, 2 days ago

It's my favourite too dear Bethany.

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Jay Boggess 1 week, 2 days ago

Wonderful series, as always, Amigo! The compositions, creative perspectives, colors and clarity are stunningly beautiful! Very moving video & music to accompany! Bravo!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 1 week, 2 days ago

Thanks for your always supportive words my friend. smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 1 week, 1 day ago

Thank You, for so generously sharing your fine art!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 week, 4 days ago

#4 & #5 straight to my favorites!
4 - The perspective and the reflection are perfect and interesting.
5 - This scene is so natural and unaware and nice - it's like an "idyllic world" picture from Waldmüller.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 week, 4 days ago

Now that I've searched for Waldmüller I can understand what you mean. Thanks for widen my horizons dear friend.

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Björn Roose 1 week, 5 days ago

#4 is really great. Unusual point of view, but just perfect for this smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Björn Roose 1 week, 4 days ago

I had to lay down on the ground to take this one. Thanks my friend

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Vivienne Albiston 1 week, 5 days ago

Love the pile of flip flops and the reflection..

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Antonio Gil Replied to Vivienne Albiston 1 week, 5 days ago

Thanks dear Vivienne. That one worked fine smile

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Francesc 1 week, 5 days ago

I love the children working with theirs uniforms and the girl expression...Great work!!!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 1 week, 5 days ago

Thanks dear friend. Faroe - no people, here - lots of people. smile

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Berckmans Peter 1 week, 5 days ago

did not expect a church like that in that place. Surprise, surprise.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 week, 5 days ago

Thanks to our ancestors (Portuguese and Dutch) smile

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Camellia 1 week, 5 days ago

Beautiful church! I didn't realize that more than half the country is catholic. Your photo made me look it up. That is why I like traveling with you...learn so many new things smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia 1 week, 5 days ago

My pleasure to share my small knowledge with you. Thanks dear friend. But only 7.4% are Christians, the majority are Buddhists

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Camellia Replied to Antonio Gil 1 week, 4 days ago

Yup my numbers are off....that is why I was an English teacher and not math. Although there are days now, that I wonder how I was able to pass as an English teacher, typing is horrendous smile

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