This mission, located at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, was established in 1731. During that period, its ... More
Mission San Juan Capistrano
This mission, located at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, was established in 1731. During that period, its vast land was used to cultivate agricultural products, such as maize, sweet potatoes, sugarcane and many more. In due time, it was the leading supplier to all other missions and settlements close by. Its community was self-sufficient with artisans producing tools and cloth. The mission housed a stone church and a granary. A larger chapel construction, however, never saw completion. When you visit, take the self guiding tour to discover the place at your own pace.
On the day of my visit to the San Juan Capistrano morning Mass, there was an indian gathering in the court yard. Before the Mass the Padre had asked the gathering of indians, who had come to pay respect to thier dead, to please have respect during the Mass and not beat their drums. However, when Mass begain the drums in the courtyard continued to beat.
The Padre was not too happy with this situation and went outside to ask that they stop their cerimonial rite. After the Mass had begun the door of the old mission swang open and several indians in full ceremonial dress entered the church. Time seemed to stop for several tense moments as it was impossible to tell what century the old mission was in. For a moment I wanted to push my children under the pew before the shooting started. Then you could sense a sigh of relief as the christian indians who were catholic had come in peacefully to attend Mass. After 275 years of continous service to the local community, the San Juan Capistrano Sunday morning Mass can still be an adventure into the old west.