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San Antonio's Mission Concepcion small but interesting

San Antonio's Mission Concepcion small but interesting

by Christian Michael

August 15, 2015


This little mission, only 2.5 miles south of the Alamo (also a San Antonio mission) and downtown, and otherwise convenient to two interstates and a major highway, is a cozy little historical spot and an actual church. 

Today is Aug. 15 and tonight, according to the staff, the sun's rays will cut through a hole above the entrance of the church, will weave back and forth across the back wall of the sanctuary and eventually land on a statue of the "Mother Mary." Interesting use of the sun.

The property is well tended. I arrived as some sort of high school dance group were taking group and individual photos and using the mission as a backdrop -- apparently the missions are so mandatory for locals growing up that few if any have ever NOT seen them.

Being a non-native, I decided to visit as part of local culture and found it visually interesting. The staff were setting up for tonight's event, but I was free to explore the grounds and sanctuary, one of the staff sharing with me that her eldest grandchild had been baptized in its baptismal back in 1971. (She did not look old enough to have an eldest grandchild born then, so I think I heard her wrong.) In any event, it was a lovely walk-around property and if you're looking for a convenient bit of history and culture, I recommend stopping by!

 

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