Friday, June 5, 2009

Nuestra Senora de La Luz

In 1719 the Franciscan Missionaries from Spain built a chapel here called Neuestra Senora de la Luz- Our Lady of the Light. The village of La Luz is the oldest in the Tularosa Basin.

We are back down the mountain in La Luz at the little Catholic church. A charming and well attended fixture in the area. The statue of the Madonna up high, holding the Christ child was carved by a local blind sculptor named Mark Shoesmith many years ago. She used to be out front where you see the other statue in the middle photo. The Christ child was stolen about 25 years ago and they replaced it, then eventually moved her up and replaced her out front and added a nicho with a cover to protect the new statue.

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