Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
July 18, 2017
This wonderful old church is the oldest Catholic parish in Colorado and is located in the small town of Conejos. According to the church's website and historic plaques, "Our Lady of Guadalupe, according to tradition, selected the spot where the settlement was made. According to legend, Spaniards were traveling over this territory in the San Luis Valley when one of the mules in the pack-train balked. Persuasion, threats, beatings, all were of no avail in making the mule proceed. A small statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe was found in the mule’s pack. The Spaniards, men of faith, decided that the Blessed Virgin must want a church built in her honor, and dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. When the vow to build a church on this exact spot was made, the mule, apparently satisfied, balked no more, and went jogging along with the rest of the mule train. True to their word, the Spaniards returned and brought along several others. An adobe church was built and dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. For more than a hundred years God has been worshiped and Our Lady revered in this frontier church of the West."
This small church had some of the most amazing stained glass windows I have ever seen. From this photo, it's difficult to tell how large they were, but I would guess them to be nearly 6 feet tall. You'll see more in the future.
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Have a glorious day today my friends!