Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

The Great Stone Church, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Christmas 2011
With the majority of my gift-wrapping now done, I'm taking a moment to post a few photos I took at Christmastime 2011 at Mission San Juan Capistrano.  The image above is from the ruins of "the Great Stone Church" which was destroyed in an earthquake 202 years ago.
Soldiers' barracks, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Christmas 2011
 The soldiers' barracks building is now used to show films about the Mission's story and also as meeting space. At the holidays, it usually features a beautiful Christmas tree.
Serra Chapel, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Christmas 2011
And where better to tell the story of Christmas than in Serra Chapel (1782), the oldest church in California, and the only remaining church where Fr. Junípero Serra himself celebrated Mass.

A visit to the Mission is always worthwhile, but this seems an especially appropriate time of the year to do so.

Merry Christmas to you all.

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