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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Let the Tour Begin - Tuesday, Part one.

It's bright and early and we are off to visit the San Fernando Cathedral.  San Antonio is the second oldest city in the United States.  (Can you guess the oldest?) 
Founded by the Spanish, who were looking for gold (they found that in Mexico) and converts, San Antonio found it's beginnings.  The Indians lived along the river.   In 1709 there were various tribes of Indians, peaceful, buffalo hunters.  As Spanish soldiers entered their lands, the Indians got many of their diseases, and came to the mission for healing.  They lived among the barracks, each tribe speaking  a different language.  They learned how to farm and did the grunt work for the missions in exchange for living quarters and became "civilized."  Also many people from the Canary Islands were transported there to settle the population.  The Indians and Canary Islanders became one.  Later they intermarried with the Mexicans as well and a new culture was created:  The Tejanos.
The Spanish instructed them on how to build the missions and  built the Mision de San Antonio de Valero (also known as The Alamo), the oldest of missions among others.  The church was built between 1738 and 1750 and forms the sanctuary of the cathedral.

On the left alcove are the remains of those who fought at The Alamo.

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The baptismal font is  believed to be a gift from Charles III, who became King of Spain from 1759, is the oldest piece of liturgical furnishing in the cathedral.

This maks the city center.  It is centered between the worship area and the pews.


Gill - That British Woman said...

Is the church Catholic then? Beautiful details.

boopnut said...

Yes, Spain is mainly Catholic. The cathedrals and missions are all Catholic.

Linda said...

It's beautiful!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OK I am taking a wild guess....Is St Augustine Florida the oldest? What a gorgeous church!

PS: It would be so fun if the Polka Dot Flea grew big enough that people would make the trek for it to Orlando, It would be so fun to meet all of my blogging buddies!!


NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful tour here, Deb.
The oldest city in the US is where I want to live- lol St Augustine, FL!
Trip sounds good so far! xo Diana

Linda said...

How beautiful!!! Thanks so much for sharing this tour.