Merry Christmas 2013

Taos pueblo missionMerry Christmas I selected a mission painting I did of the San Geronimo Church at the Taos pueblo in Taos, New Mexico.

I also added an article by Sarah of Toonsarah seen at virtual travel.

San Geronimo Church
by toonsarah Written Dec 18, 2011 3217 reviewsk

Our tour of Taos Pueblo started here, at the church that sits in the heart of the village. And isn’t it a stunner, with that combination of adobe and white against the blue sky? I could have photographed it for hours! Only the exterior though, as photographing the interior is strictly forbidden.

This church, the third in the pueblo to be dedicated to Saint Jerome (I have also read four in some sources), was built in 1850 to replace the previous church which was destroyed by the U.S. Army in 1847 in the War with Mexico. That church, whose evocative ruins still stand near the entrance to the Pueblo, was first built in 1619, but destroyed in the Spanish Revolt of 1680 and rebuilt on the same site (see my next tip for more on the earlier churches).
St. Jerome is the patron saint of Taos Pueblo and a santo of him can be seen in the church, as well as one of the Virgin. It is the custom to change the clothing of the santos several times a year, according to the seasons and festivals. When we were there Mary was dressed in a gold-coloured cloth, for the autumn and harvest.

The church has the traditional heavy viga ceiling and is very much in use as a place of worship. About 90% of the Pueblo Indians describe themselves as Catholic, although the majority of these practise this religion alongside their traditional beliefs. Our young guide explained that they saw no contradiction in doing so and that the two belief systems were quite complimentary in their eyes.

Merry Christmas. Or as my Grand Son, Nico says, “Happy Christmas”.

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3 Responses to “Merry Christmas 2013”

  1. Patricia Burgess Says:

    HI PETER, HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR. YOUR ART WORK IS WONDERFUL!!! I CLOSED SALTCREEK ARTWORKS LAST YEAR AND I REALLY MISS IT. GERRY PASSED AWAY THIS PAST YEAR TOO. STEFFIE IS 26 AND BEAUTIFUL—STILL SINGLE. WORKS AS A VET TEC AND LOVES IT. IF YOU EVER COME CLOSE TO ST. PETE PLEASE LET ME KNOW SO I CAN TAKE US OUT TO DINNER. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU. CONGRATES ON ALL YOUR SUCCESS. WOULDN’T OUR PARENTS HAVE LOVED IT!!??. TAKE CARE PAT (PRINCE) BURGESS

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