4181-PE3-2595 Friar Devotion (B)
Friar Devotion (B)
Mission San Juan Capistrano
San Antonio, Texas
Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1731 by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order, on the eastern banks of the San Antonio River in present-day San Antonio, Texas; although it was first established in East Texas as San José de los Nazonis Mission in 1716. It now joins the 5-Missions chain with The Alamo, Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion and Mission Espada.
While visiting the Missions spread across San Antonio my heart was touched with glimpses from the past and how our beautiful State Of Texas formed much of its history. Mission San Juan is quite preserved with most remains of the original buildings which is surprising since it was exposed to frequent Indian attacks. As with most missions it is very spread out and as you walk the grounds vesselled calls breeze through the trees as if to whisper fractions from it’s past. You don’t notice elaborate sculpturing or ornate structures here. This was a working mission and by 1762 there were around 203 Native Americans living, working and worshiping here.
Through the earlier years it underwent many changes; times with no service, new constructions, tearing down of some and good old hard-working days to keep it an integral cooperation for its community and preservation. I’m glad they really never modernized the chapel, priest’s quarters and special stone sections found on the grounds. And it’s a perfect photo opportunity where mother nature surrounds it, rather than houses, shops and lots of electrical post wires.
If you just take some time to enjoy its natural beauty and history, you might take a closer listen to the breezes and hear Nazonie and Nacado chants and praise. Get back to nature!
Digitally Painted from my original photo!