Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday (Religion 4-19-09)

I decided to join the Sunday Stills. Check out the website for more.

This week, the topic is religion. New Mexico is very religious in the Catholic faith. Although there are several large, beautiful churches, like the Loretto Chapel shown below, many are small community chapels.

Every town has a church.
In northern New Mexico there is a small town called Chimayo. It is especially known for the holy dirt in the sanctuary which is believed to have special healing powers.
Outdoor mass is celebrated every Sunday.People leave rosaries, crosses, and candles at the various shrines.
Even the bordering horse fence is decorated with crosses brought by pilgrims on Good Friday.
But there are also other religions too. This kachina is standing sentinel on the Rio Grande Gorge bridge near Taos.

Sunday - song: Sunday, artist: David Bowie, album: Heathen

22 comments:

Ed said...

Great series of shots!!! I can't choose a favorite I like them all. Welcome to the Sunday Stills Challenge...Ed

J9 said...

The stone crosses and shrines are my favorite - well done!

MariesImages said...

Very nice collection of Religion images.
Marie

VioletSky said...

I enjoyed your selection. Apart from the first one, everything looks so very different tto what we have in Ontario.

Jen Mo said...

Wow I don't know which one I like the best, but the first one is very striking! Welcome to the Sunday Stills!

WhimsybyMari said...

The stone crosses are my favorite a nice selection of shots.

Andrea said...

Wonderful series of shots...all are very compelling. Welcome to Sunday Stills! :)

Lori Skoog said...

A beautiful approach to Sunday Stills!

Holly said...

the building style in your part of the country is so different from ours! Very nice shots

Pete said...

I like the single stone cross. Very powerful image.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

The variety makes it interesting. I like the Chimayo.

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Great pictures.

Chimayo is one of our favorite places. The first time we were there was 17 years ago before it became so famous. It was still a small church in those days.

It was great to visit with you and Lisa today.

Morgunn says hi.

Dan

cdncowgirl said...

I LOVE those stone arches & crosses. Any more info on them?

dibear said...

Welcome to Sunday Stills. I am very partial to the Southwest, so I really enjoyed your choice of pictures.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Woot! Woot! Welcome to Sunday Stills, Val! I'm so happy you jumped on board, too.

Even though, I've seen most of these churches and images, I always enjoy seeing your different perspective in your photos. Very creative you are, my friend.

The last photo makes me smile. hehee!

(Hey, you've got 15 comments so far....is this a record, or what? lol! Yay!)

~Lisa

CTG Ponies said...

Excellent! A great group of photos.

Regular Guy said...

Nice series of photos. I like the brick church in the field by itself. Good job.

The Wades said...

Go Val! Impressive post with gorgeous photos. I need to hire you and Lisa to take me around this beautiful state of ours.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi welcome to Sunday Stills, I really liked the Church in the field and the stone arches with the corres..even the fence has crosses..I found that very interesting. Good job! :)

Andrea said...

You have a beautiful eye for photography! Wonderful shots!! I love pictures of old churches!

cowgirljlynn said...

Love old churches. I really like the old crosses!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Thanks for all your comments!!

I love taking pictures of old churches. They have such character, especially the little village chapels. And I love those old stone crosses too.