El Camino Real Adventure ... Continued
July 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Back on the road again! Come along with us......
On our last Blog we left off on our journey on the El Camino Real in Anthony, NM.
After we took pictures of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Anthony, NM we got back on the trail. We saw the signs to Mesa. Had to get off the road we were on and take a little detour to get to Mesa.
We were doing google searches for churches but we soon learned that not all of them showed up. So we followed the “nudge”. (read previous blog for more info)
We followed the road to Mesa and found the San Jose Catholic Church. Great signs tell about the church too. You can’t help but feel the sensation of our old churches, wonderful. Can't wait to learn more about this church. Next trip for sure.
I'm beginning to get the feeling that my trips are going to have to be with more time so I can gather more information to share. Meanwhile, I will continue to share what I have so far.
After enjoying the little detour to find San Jose Catholic Church, we headed back to the trail.
Once back on the trail, next stop, San Miguel Catholic Church in San Miguel, NM. Nice informational sign out front. Again, I don't have much information on this church, YET. I can tell this is going to be an interesting adventure. The more I do this the more I want to learn.
The first time I saw this church, years ago, I automatically remembered the church back home, San Miguel Del Vado. We have great devotion to San Miguel the Archangel, who protects us in battle. The church in Socorro is also San Miguel. (Pictures or those two later in another blog.)
Next stop, San Albino Catholic Church in Mesilla, NM. This is one of my favorites. This one feels like home because I lived close to this church when I was a little girl. We used to ride our bikes or walk to the plaza to play and to go to Mass at this church. Brings back good memories.
Years later I was asked to take pictures of a friend's wedding in this church. We were friends when I was in the 5th grade! Talk about a long time ago. I just love our "connectedness" through our churches.
On this trip, we were not there on time for Mass or we would have gone inside. The inside is beautiful. I visit this church every chance I get.
One of the beautiful things about our Catholic Church is that it is universal. All churches are HOME. Some have special significance or memories for us but no matter where we go we are at home and the Mass is the same one everywhere. We are blessed.
San Albino Catholic Church was named as a Minor Basilica in 1908. The church was built in 1852.
The pillar in the front of the church bears the names of all those who served. There are large plaques with names on all sides of the pillar. On top of the front pillar it reads, "LEST WE FORGET THEY HAVE MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE". On the top of the plaques on the other three sides it reads, "THESE ALSO SERVED".
Another thing I noticed at most of the churches was a headstone "Dedicated to the Unborn". What a beautiful thing to do. It would be great to see more churches doing this. A wonderful way to witness and also a reminder to pray for all those who are hurting due to abortion and the terrible devastation it leaves behind.
This journey is beginning to become bigger than anticipated. There is so much to learn and to share. If you have anything you would like to contribute please feel free to comment. Any information on the history of these churches or the people who built them would be great. If you have memories you would like to share about these churches please do.
Time flies when we are having fun. It's time to close for now. More to come soon.
God bless you all! See you next week!....
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