St. Philomena's church is a
church built in the honour of St.
Philomena in the Diocese of Mysore, India.
constructed in 1936 using a Neo Gothic
style and its architecture was inspired by the Cologne
Saint Philomena is a saint
of the Roman
. She is said to have been a young Greek
princess martyred in the 4th century. The remains of a
teenage girl no older than 14 were discovered on May 24, 1802 in the Catacombs of Saint Priscilla at the Via Salaria in Rome.
Accompanying these remains were a set of tiles bearing a fragmented
inscription containing the words LUMENA PAXTE CUMFI
of no known meaning in any language. The letters were rearranged to
read PAX TECUM FILUMENA
, which in Latin
translates to Peace with you, Filumena.
Various vessels, including one allegedly containing blood, were
also found in the tomb. From these discoveries, it was concluded
that a Christian
(Philomena) was buried in the tomb and the vessel containing blood
was thought to be her relic
, an evidence of a
A church at the same location was built in 1843 by the then
Maharaja Mummadi Krishnaraja
. An inscription which was there at the time of laying
the foundation of the present church n 1933 states: "In the name of
that only God - the universal Lord who creates, protects, and
reigns over the universe of Light, the mundane world and the
assemblage of all created lives - this church is built 1843 years
after the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Enlightenment of the
World, as man". In 1926, Thamboo Chetty who was a secretary to the
Maharaja of Mysore, Nalvadi
obtained a relic of the saint from Peter
Pisani, Apostolic Delegate
. This relic was handed over
to Father Cochet who approached the king to assist him in
constructing a church in honour of St.
.. The Maharaja of Mysore laid the foundation stone of
the church on October 28
. In his speech on the day of the inauguration, the
Maharaja is quoted to have said: The new church will be
strongly and securely built upon a double foundation — Divine
compassion and the eager gratitude of men.
. The construction
of the church was completed under Bishop Rene Feuga's supervision.
The relic of Saint Philomena is preserved in a catacomb
below the main altar
The church was designed by a Frenchman named Daly.It was designed to be
built in the Neo Gothic style with
inspiration drawn from the Cologne Cathedral.
The floor plan
the cathedral resembles a cross. The long part of the cross is
congregation hall called the nave
two arms of the cross are the transepts
. The part containing the altar and
the choir is the crossing
cathedral has a crypt that houses a statue of St. Philomena.
spires of the church are in height and they
resemble the spires of the Cologne Cathedral and also the spires of the St. Patrick's
Church in New
The main hall (nave
) can seat up
to 800 people and contains stained
windows depicting scenes from the birth of Christ
, the Last Supper
, the Resurrection
and the Ascension of Christ
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