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El Santuario de Chimayo

El Santuario de Chimayo is a church in Chimayó, New Mexico, USA. This santuario (Spanish for "sanctuary") is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site. Chimayó is a census-designated place located in northern New Mexico, United States. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... Ajax prepares to violate the sanctuary of Athena by abducting Cassandra by force: red-figure vase, c. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...

The Legend of El Santuario de Chimayo

The "miraculous" crucifix of Our Lord of Esquipulas was found on the site of El Santuario (the Sanctuary) around 1810, buried in the dirt of the mountains in Chimayo. On the night of Good Friday in the year 1810, Don Bernardo Abeyta, who was a member of Los Hermanos de la Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno (the Penitentes), was performing the customary penance of the Society around the hills of El Potrero. Suddenly, he saw a light springing from one of the slopes of the hills near the Santa Cruz river. Don Bernardo went to the spot and noticed that the shining light was coming from the ground. He started to dig with his bare hands and found a crucifix. He left it in place and called his neighbors to come and venerate the precious finding. A group of men was sent to notify the local priest, Fr. Sebastián Álvarez at Santa Cruz. Esquipulas is a town in the Guatemalan department of Chiquimula. ... Los Hermanos de la Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno (Spanish: The Brothers of the Pious Fraternity of Our Father Jesus the Nazarene, also known as Los Penitentes, Los Hermanos, and the Penitente Brotherhood) is a lay confraternity of Roman Catholic men active in Northern New Mexico and... Santa Cruz is a census-designated place located in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. ...

Upon hearing the extraordinary news, the priest and people set out for Chimayo. When they arrived at the place where the crucifix was, Fr. Sebastián picked it up and carried it in a joyful procession back to the church. Once in the church, the crucifix was placed in the niche of the main altar. The next morning, it was discovered that the crucifix was gone, only to be found back in its original location. A second procession was organized and the crucifix was returned to Santa Cruz, but once again it disappeared. The same thing happened a third time. By then, everyone understood that El Señor de Esquipulas wanted the crucifix to remain in Chimayo, and so the small chapel of the Santuario was built. Esquipulas is a town in the Guatemalan department of Chiquimula. ...

History and current pilgrimages

Construction of the church shown in the photo was completed between 1814 and 1816.

In a letter dated November 16, 1813, Fr. Sebastian wrote the Episcopal See of Durango to discuss the people coming from afar to seek cures for their ailments and the spreading of the fame of the cures. It is said that the dirt from the floor of the chapel, the place that once held the miraculous crucifix, had healing powers bestowed on it by God. Close to 300,000 people each year make pilgrimages to the Santuario de Chimayo from all over the world. They come to worship, to ask for peace in the world and in their hearts, often to fulfill vows, and to feel the healing touch of God. November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... Year 1813 (MDCCCXIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... A see (from the Latin word sedem, meaning seat) is the throne (cathedra) of a bishop. ... The city of Durango (formally: Victoria de Durango) is the capital of the state of Durango, Mexico, located at . ...

External Links

  • Our Lord of Esquipulas in New Mexico



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