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The Church of Santa Monica / Chapel of the Weeping Cross

The Church of Santa Monica (a State Protected Monument) is attached to the convent. The nave of the church is divided into two parts. The first makes up the main part of the church, with two side altars, the one on the right dedicated to Divine Jesus, the other on the left to Virgin Mary. The main altar is dedicated to Santa Monica, mother of St. Augustine. The other part of the church (presently the Museum of Christian Art) is separated from the first large arcade by an iron railing. The nuns used to hear mass from the choir, which was in the inner part of the chapel, and through the railings could see the priest at the altar without being seen by the people.

There is an altar dedicated to Christ (Weeping Cross) reputed to be miraculous. It is stated that on 8th February 1636, the second Friday of Lent, this image opened its eyes and was seen moving, while from its wounds blood appeared to flow as though it were living. The miracle is said to have occurred again on the 12th of the same month, in the presence of the Viceroy and many other people. After a thorough inquiry, the occurrence was declared as miraculous. Since then the image is held in great veneration. Its feast is celebrated on the last Sunday of November.

The Church of Santa Monica (Chapel of the Weeping Cross) has been recently restored by the Museum of Christian Art with the financial assistance from the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology, Government of Goa

The Church is open everyday from 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

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