Singapore Night Festival 2017: Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

Singapore Night Festival 2017: Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

In the second part of my previous double post on Singapore Night Festival 2017, I mentioned visiting the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. Here are the photos taken during that brief visit.

Singapore Night Festival 2017: Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
Angelic choir lights display in the courtyard.

As I wrote in the previous post, the cathedral isn’t listed as one of the performance or display venues of the festival. On the cathedral’s website, though, it’s stated that on the weekends of the festival, an event titled simply as Pray for Peace – for Singapore, our home and the world would be hosted.  Other than the lighting of votive candles for peace, hour-long tours would also be given of the cathedral, which is both Singapore’s oldest and the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore. I didn’t attend the tours, not knowing of it beforehand. On the other hand, I did have a great time touring the nave, which underwent a major restoration not too long ago. Allow me to highlight too I have not been in here for ages. If memory serves me right, the previous time I entered was in the mid-90s.

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd - Pray for Peace August 2017
The candles were lined on the ground to form words. Plenty of church helpers were around to help visitors with them.
Singapore Night Festival 2017: Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
My first impression was that the candle lighting was for the victims of the heinous Barcelona attacks, which happened hours earlier. But this couldn’t have been since the Cathedral scheduled tours as well.
Singapore Night Festival 2017: Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
The nave. With the signature Doric columns of the cathedral.

I have something “sinful” to reveal. I enjoy visiting churches, though I’m not of the Christian faith. In short, I appreciate them for their architecture and art. Despite that, though, Singaporean churches and cathedrals have never interested me, for they feel kind of … straight-forward. Now, now, I know cathedrals and churches are not meant to be art galleries, they are sanctuaries of worship. Still … you know what I mean? What pleasantly surprised me, thus, was that the restored Cathedral of the Good Shepherd felt to have the perfect balance of simplicity and elegance. It’s not large, it’s streamlined, so to speak. At the same time, it’s also tastefully structured and arranged. Standing in the nave, I was vaguely reminded of my visits to Europe’s great cathedrals. I also experienced several moments of quiet spirituality.

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Singapore.
Another view of the nave.
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Singapore.
Artwork on the walls depicting the Passion of Christ.
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd Pipe Organ.
Pipe organ! This was, of course, of great interest to me.
Pietà at Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Singapore.
Pietà to left of the entrance.
Singapore Night Festival 2017: Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
Exterior of the Cathedral. I should have shot this properly with my tripod instead of using high ISO.
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Steeple.
The steeple.

 


Pray for Peace at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd would be held again on August 25th and 26th . The Singapore Night Festival is also ongoing till Aug 26, 2017.


 

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