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 tour, not knowing of it beforehand. I did, however, had a great time touring the nave, which underwent a major restoration not too long ago. Lastly, allow me to highlight that I have not been in here for ages. If memory serves me right, the previous time I entered was in the mid-90s.
I have something “sinful” to reveal, sort of.
I love visiting churches, even though I’m not of the Christian faith.
In short, I appreciate churches for their architecture, art, and ambience. When it comes to Singaporean churches though, I have never been keen, for the simple reason they all feel kinda … straight-forward to me?
Now, I know how this sounds. I am well-aware that cathedrals and churches are not meant to be art galleries too, 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 furnished and adorned. Standing in the nave, I was vaguely reminded of my visits to Europe’s great cathedrals. I also experienced several moments of blissful, quiet spirituality.
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.
Read my other Festive Celebrations in Singapore posts.