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Station of the Crosses Shrine in San Luis, Colorado - A Place For Prayer
March 20, 2004
I must say, if you are the prayerful type, this shrine in the San Luis Valley is a must see!
I walked along a path that zig zags up a desert hill.
Crosses, metal sculptures and areas to sit and pray are throughout.
The small town of San Luis, with the southernmost range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background. San Luis, CO
On the top of the hill is a beautiful sanctuary with an old mission style for its outer design.
Jesus being nailed to the cross. That must have hurt! :(
I did not know those two women, but I thought it was a nice shot.

Christian Cross
See the trail switchbacks and the small crowd? There were two church groups who walked throughout and prayed at each station.
This is probably my favorite shot. Looking out, straight west.
Apparently San Luis is the oldest non-Indian town that was founded in Colorado, which was sometime in the 1500's by the Spanish.

Don't fall into the trap of equating this old building with our culture's perception that Christianity is an old and increasingly irrelevant way of life. These buildings sure are old, and they may seem dead I suppose, but Jesus Christ is alive and well today! Jesus gave his life so that we may live ... that is our hope!

Inside the sanctuary.
Amidst all the reminders of Jesus' final hours of his earthly life, the scripture verse enscribed on this frame struck me. I'll start at Matthew 26:63b:

"The high priest said to him, 'I charge you under oath by the living God; Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.' 'Yes, it is as you say,' Jesus replied, 'But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." (Matthew 26:63b-64)
I signed the guestbook! :)
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  • A nice view of the mountains behind San Luis. San Luis, CO