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The Holy Cross

Santa Cruz (The Holy Cross) began when Constantine the Great ‘s mother, Saint Helena of Constantinople, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land returning with the original Holy Cross and other relics. The month starts in Puerto de Calderon, on the road to Celeya, the …

Laughter, Music and Joy!

Phillip Neri was a 1500’s Italian priest noted for founding a society of clergy called the “Congregation of the Oratory” known for their music, called oratorios. All members of his order had to be over 35 years old (having lived a secular life) and were able to not only bring …

Valle de Maiz

Valle Del Maiz is one of San Miguel’s oldest neighborhoods and has strong indigenous roots. The festival honors the Holy Cross (Santa Cruz), and goes on for days reflecting when the Spanish gave three days off work to resident Otomis and Chichimeccas. It’s one my …

Mary of the Light

The still popular image of the Virgin of the Light began in 1722 Sicily.  The painting depicts the Virgin holding a man avoiding his falling into the jaws of Leviathan (an evil sea monster from the Old Testament who swallows men’s souls into the Sea of Chaos) …

Barbie and Sleepy Beenie Baby Lions

Let me state up front, there is no formal connection on June second between San Miguel de Allende, and Saint Blandina, the very first female saint.  However, I thought you may enjoy this story of a more informal relationship between Blandina and life in San Miguel …

Mule’s Day

Mules’ Day (Día de las Mulas) is associated with pre-Hispanic rituals in which people gave thanks to deities through offerings.  It is believed that a mule knelt in reverence to God on the day of Corpus Christi which is celebrated the same day. To give or receive …

Corpus Christi

The feast of Corpus Christi (body and blood of Christ) is celebrated on the first Thursday of June as a special veneration of symbolic body and blood of Christ in communion wafers and wine.  The indigenous were intrigued not only by the notion of a …

Crazy Day!

Día de los Locos takes place on the Sunday closest to June 13, St. Anthony’s feast day. St. Anthony is the saint you beseech to find anything lost, including people.  Though the flamboyant procession of costumes and masks of politicians, actors, cartoon characters and monsters …

Sacred Heart

The devotion to the Sacred Heart is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Roman Catholic devotions, taking Jesus Christ’s physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity.  It is celebrated as the feast day for men named Jesus (as Christmas is reserved to honor Jesus’ birth). …

Hair!

Saint John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin and is unique among patron saint days as being the only person, other than Jesus, who is commemorated on his birthday, June 24th.  Normally patron saint dates (or feast days, as those named as the saint get to …

Our Monastery

The Monastery of Solitude (Monasterio de La Soledad) is a Benedictine Cloister in the hinterlands surrounding San Miguel.  Here eleven men live a life dedicated to constant prayer and reflection since 1990. The monks are an order of Saint Benedict, whose feast day is July 11th.  He …

Carmen

Mount Carmel is a Holy Land mountain located in a richly forested area at the southern end of a long fertile valley inhabited since the Stone Age. The beauty of the mountain is frequently mentioned in the Old Testament. The feast day we now celebrate on …