After we visited the Loretto Chapel, we headed on to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a much larger chapel.
The history of the church is summarized at http://www.cbsfa.org/parish-life/about, and following is a portion of that history:
In 1850, Santa Fe received its first Bishop, Father John Baptiste Lamy of France. Judging the 1714 old adobe church as inadequate for the seat of the Archdiocese, Bishop Lamy ordered a new Romanesque church built, and brought French architects and Italian stonemasons to build his Cathedral.
Construction of the Cathedral began in 1869 and continued until 1887. The new Cathedral was built around the former adobe church and, when the new walls were complete, the old church was torn down and removed through the front door.
Outside, in front of the cathedral, was a sculpture of the first North American Indian to be promoted to a saint:
And, of course, a sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi
as well as a painting of St. Francis on the front wall of the building.
Inside, the cathedral is grand, the stained glass windows in the lower bay, which are not really visible in my photo, depicting the twelve apostles.
In what remains of Archbishop Lamy’s extensive gardens are sculptures of the Stations of the Cross, created by sculptor Gib Singleton, who resides in Santa Fe. In these sculptures, the artist illustrates the suffering Jesus endured while being tortured before he was crucified on the cross.
Station 1, Jesus is condemned:
Station 2, Jesus Takes Up His Cross:
Station 3, Jesus Falls the First Time:
Station 4, Jesus Meets His Mother, Mary:
Station 5, Simon Helps to Carry Jesus’ Cross:
Station 6 is Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus, but I’m not certain the photo that should be Station 6 is correct:
Station 7 is Jesus Falls the Second Time:
Station 8, Jesus Speaks to the Women and Children:
Station 9, Jesus Falls a Third Time:
Station 10, Jesus is Stripped of his Garments:
Station 11, Jesus is Crucified:
Station 12, Jesus Dies on the Cross:
Station 13, Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross and Station 14, Jesus is Laid in the Tomb; the photo below is one of these two. It appears I missed one of them.
The 15th sculpture in the garden is John baptizing Jesus in the Jordon River when he was about 30 years old:
As I was working on this post, it struck me that it is appropriate for this time of the year – Easter weekend. To all of you, I hope your celebration of the Resurrection is a happy one, reflecting the joy of the occasion.