Our Lady of the Sorrows – Nuestra Señora de los Dolores

For many years, villages and towns in Mexico, have enacted special Biblical events and gathered to pray at specially erected altars to celebrate sacred figures on each of the Fridays of Lent. These special Lenten traditions, masses and processions remind the people of the lessons and sacrifices of the pre-Easter season. Our Lady of Sorrows, Nuestra […]

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Church dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua in San Antonio Tlayacapan on the shores of Lake Chapala, Mexico © Taner Sirin, 2011

Saint Anthony and John the Baptist: June festivals at Lake Chapala

Christianizing their way around Lake Chapala in the early 1500s, taking the path of least resistance, Franciscan missionaries left each well-established settlement of Indians with their centuries-old community name. As the Franciscans were moving from village to village, they were selecting a Patron Saint for each new congregation, then adding the Saint’s name to the […]

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