Our Lady of Hope ChurchOur Lady of Hope Church situated in Vypeen Island and is one of the ancient Roman Catholic Churches to be found in Kochi. It was constructed by the Portuguese and this church has a statue of Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ holding an anchor. The Gothic architectural style makes it look elegant and the interiors are well maintained too. This church is quite popular and you have people all across India coming here to pay their respects.
History of Our Lady of Hope Church
With an objective to spread Christianity missionaries who accompanied Portuguese explorers arrived in Kochi. They provided help and even looked into the complaints of the Christians who lived here. Soon they constructed churches along the coastal area and Church Our Lady of Good Hope was one among them. This church came into being in 1605 under the leadership of the Bishop of Kochi Dom Andrea de Santa Maria. It was rewarded the rank of a Parish and was named as the Nossa Senhora De Esperanca which means Our Lady of Hope. Further restorations for the church was carried out and the fourth centenary was completed in 2005.
Architecture of Our Lady of Hope Church
The beautiful architecture of the church makes it a very appealing structure of the city. The ever charming Gothic style gives a rustic touch. It also features a grotto made of granite which is designed just like a mountain peak. Below this you can spot the statue of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception which is as significant as the one placed at Lourdes. The shrine is huge and is shaped just a dome and it also features the wooden cross which is proudly known as Cross of the church. The church is positioned at the south end of the Vypeen Island and it has an estimated area of 10Km per square. Being near to the Arabian Sea the church is a common place for visit and worship by travelers or even vessels which pass by.
Interiors of Church
The interiors look splendid and has numerous pictures as well sculptures dating years back. The Lady of Hope with Jesus in her lap, Our Lady of Fathima, infant Jesus, and Sacred Heart of Jesus are some of the structures displayed. The three alters of which one is solely devoted to Christ Crucified while the second features Virgin Mary. The third one is the most important one and it is the sanctum sanctorum. This place has an arched structure and this is the room for worship. It is located in the centre and you can notice the floor to be slightly higher as compared to other areas of the church. There is an engraved picture of the Last Supper on side and on the other you can see the carved image of the risen Christ. As we move past this place, you can spot the wooden screens which are designed with lot of precision and detail. There are pictures of flowers, fruits and creepers carved on top of the screen. The other highlight of this place is the statues of St. Peter and of St. Sebastian which are placed here but are locked. Another recent addition to this place is the teak wooden rectangular shaped lectern and has different images engraved on it. Human, eagle, lion and bull are shown and they are adapted from an open book,Gospel.
Our Lady of Hope Church TimingsSunday: 6:30am-8:30am
How to Reach Our Lady of Hope Church
The Ernakulum South Junction railway station is located at a distance of 11 km from the Vypeen Church. Once you exit the station you have to move east on the TD West Sannidhi Road .Make a left turn at the Sree Mahamaya Temple and go on to the TD road. Now you will need to enter Vittappa Prabhu Rd by taking a right turn at Variety Tubes and Malleables. Make a left turn and you will reach Mahatma Gandhi Road. Here you will pass the Chennai Silks and after this make a right turn to move on to Banerjee road.You need to go on until you reach Palarivattom - Edappally Rd and take a left turn at Edappally Signal Junction which will lead you to Edappally-Panvel Highway. At Kunnumpuram junction take a left turn and again go the first left onto the old NH. You need to reach Edappally North Juma Masjid and make a right turn. Make a left turn,again a left turn and then go for the first right turn.Once you reach Shivalingadasa Swamy Road make a left turn and you can spot the church.