Monday, October 20, 2014

LA LOMITA CHAPEL

Thursday, Oct 16, continued – After our lunch, written about in the previous post, we traveled about a mile down the river to visit a historical mission. La Lomita (the hillock) was first built in 1865. When the City of Mission, Texas, was founded in 1908, the city was named “Mission” in honor of La Lomita Chapel. Now, La Lomita Chapel is a religious shrine and a favorite site of historians that provides a glimpse into an important part of the history of Mission and South Texas in general.

La Lomita became an important site for the Calvary of Christ, the missionaries who rode up and down the Rio Grande Valley visiting widely separated Catholic churches, baptizing newborns, performing marriage ceremonies and blessing the dead.

La Lomita Chapel

Church records indicate that La Lomita was rebuilt in 1899 with stones carved from the hill it was built on.

La Lomita Chapel

Pretty surprised that the church is left open, and the many religious relics are not bothered.

 These notebooks contain prayers that visitors leave.
La Lomita Chapel

Gifts are left In the back corner of the Chapel.
La Lomita Chapel 

Virgin Mary.
La Lomita Chapel 

Earthen oven
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We had a wonderful few hours with our friend, John. Thanks for sharing this Mission with us.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

14 comments:

  1. I have a fondness for visiting historic missions and chapels.




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  2. I love those old beautiful missions. There is always such a peaceful feeling there.

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  3. Don't you just feel better touring places like that instead of the old tourist traps.?

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  4. We've been there so many times and enjoy every visit. In two weeks we'll be back in the valley at Aladdin Villas.

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  5. a beautiful place. . .I always enjoy the altar areas. . .

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  6. Another nice mission. We are heading to Texas soon, but I doubt we will get there:(

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  7. Isn't it fun to discover the little places around you? What a great place to visit.

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  8. Old missions are always neat to tour.

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  9. What a great little find! The church is beautiful. I am surprised that they leave it open and unattended. But isn't it wonderful to know that it works out and no one is disturbing the items:) A very nice ending to a good day:)

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  10. What a great little find - thanks for the tour and photos. I've always liked visiting the missions we run across in the southwest.

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  11. What a lovely, peaceful country mission!

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  12. Unusual that the church is left unlocked. Nice that no one has damaged anything.

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  13. Interesting to see that the church was left open. So often we find just the opposite. We love the old missions in Texas. Safe travels to you two.

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