Church Specialities

ONE-PIECE GRANTIE CROSS AND PEDESTAL

There is an artistically carved out tall monoblock granite cross at the foot of the flight of steps in front of the church. It is mounted on an octagonal cupola resting on a square base. Around the base there are 84 wicks slots supposed to represent 12 apostles and 72 divine messengers. It is believed that penitences and supplications made by fervent prayers of devotees after a dip in Kodoorar followed by lighting up of 84 wick lamps would be responded to. On either side of this cross there is a multi step wick lamp made of granite (kal vilakku).

PUTHUPPALLY CROSS

This unique cross made of bronze is believed to be as old as the church. Its base is turtle shaped. Turtle symbolises incarnation and hence points to the birth of Christ to redeem sinners. The top end and the middle of the upright beam and the ends of the transverse beam of the cross are shaped like a dove with bowed head and wings down, which symbolises the Holy Spirit. The ring at the junction of the cross with its four diagonally positioned sheaves in each quarter indicates universalism and divine love. The handle of the cross resembles that of a sword / sceptre. It heralds the victory of the cross, which arouses the memories of love, sacrifice and the resurrection of Christ

BELL TOWERS

The former bell tower which was dismantled around 1950 was seven storeyed, with a spiral staircase. The bell was made in Germany. Its sound was audible up to 15 kilometers. Now there are two bell towers, the old bell is fixed in the south bell tower and a new bell of 1105 kg is fixed in the north bell tower. These two bell towers have added splendor to the church complex.

OVIAPPAM

During the 8th to the 40th day of “Valia Nombu” (lent) devotees assemble in the church for penitence and fasting. After mid-day prayers Oviappam is served to them, which is brought as offerings by the devotees. It is prepared out of roasted rice grains, black gram seeds, jaggery, coconut etc. It is unsoured and steam-cooked in metal plates like “vattayappam”. It is blessed by the priest and served to the devotees.

MADBAHA (SANCTUM) AND BASKUDISA (SANCTUM SANCTORUM)

The art work on the roof, baskudisa and the mural paintings in the madbaha are very beautiful and depict many biblical entities. The two chapels in the church complex also have been provided with art works resembling those in the church.

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Perunnal 2013