Thursday, August 6, 2009

Santo Nino de Atocha

I had mentioned that there is a small church back in Three rivers-Santo Nino de Atocha

You leave the highway and start up the road and the terrain changes. It looks wintery, but it wasn't.

About halfway up, you come across the cemetery first. It quietly beautiful.

My friend Tara trying to get the branches out of the way so I could get a shot of the sign. Santo Nino is a depection the Christ child. The first of this was in the 13th century in Spain in the town of Atocha. The prisoners were denyed food unless brought by a child under 12. The childless prisoners had no-one to feed them. The Blessed Virgin was prayed to and asked to send her son to help. Stories started about a child bringing food to them. They went back to the Blessed Virgin to thank her and noticed that the shoes and clothing on the Christ child are worn out. They replaced them and it happened again. They saw this as a sign of her intervention.

My sister-in-law got married in this church in the 70's. The reception was at the old trading post .

It is quite small and literally covered with milagros and pleadings for intersessions.

It is where you go to ask for help with problems with children, getting pregnant, healing them, bringing them home, keeping them safe.

You can see all of the baby shoes to the right of Tara. We lit our candles, said our prayers and left on our way.

1 comment:

  1. I remember dancing to La Bamba, played by David's band, at Roberta's and Fred's reception. Fun!