"Cristo Vive" translates to "Christ Lives," and "Mis sueno con Jesus" means "My dream with Jesus." Both of these cuts are from the CD La Historia Continua - Vol. 1, released in '06 on the MaxMex label. The group is Los Hijos Del Rey, (The Sons of God), a top Latin Christian group from Mexico.
One of the area’s oldest residents, Mount Cristo Rey, stands
quietly and proudly at the edge of El Paso overlooking several
communities and two nations.
The mountain has been a place of worship, study, rest and
reflection for millions of years, providing a habitat for local flora
and fauna and a landmark for travelers. Even though thousands
of El Pasoans pass by the mountain everyday, most are unaware
of its legacy in shaping the history of their hometown.
With October hosting such events as Celebrations of Our
Mountains, and The Feast Day Celebration of Christ the King,
many individuals are eager to act as a voice for Cristo Rey and
share a few of its countless stories.
A witness to history.
El Paso historian Alex Apostolides said Mount Cristo Rey
served as, among other things, a landmark, an observation post
and an object of religious worship by the many cultures of the El Paso/Juarez area.
“For thousands of years it was a landmark,” Apostolides said.
“It has seen Oñate’s people passing by, and the shifting of the
Apostolides said Cristo Rey also witnessed the travels of Aztec
empire traders, who went as far north as what is now Idaho, perhaps
building shrines to gods such as Quetzalcoatl and Tlaloc,
the god of wind and rain, just as Christian travelers erected their own shrines.
Long before the mountain was known as Cristo Rey, its peak
was known by some as El Cerro de los Muleros (The Hill of the Mule Trainers).
“Mule trains in the area were used to take salt down to
Chihuahua,” he said. “You could see some mule trains on the
roads around the mountains as recently as 20 years ago.”
Cristo Rey also saw its share of conflict between the area’s cultures
including Apache raids and Pancho Villa’s battle for independence.
The mountain was also a well-defended border during
World War II (some remnants of bunkers and fox holes can still
be seen), and is still the site of continual struggles between U.S.
Border Patrol agents and illegal immigrants.
Even though the mountain is smaller in scale to neighboring
ranges such as the Franklin and Juarez mountains, Apostolides
said Cristo Rey is “imposing” for its size.
“It has a personality all its own,” he said. “You can see it far
away from the south, and it is a hill like no other around it.”
Apostolides said Cristo Rey’s role in the natural, cultural and
spiritual past of the area makes it a vital part of Southwest history.
“It saw the landscape change, it saw the growth of El Paso del
Norte, and the building of Asarco,” he concluded. “It was an
eyewitness to everything that happened here for the past 47 million years.”
The land for Mount Cristo Rey was purchased by the El Paso Diocese in the 1930s when that part of Southern New Mexico was in the El Paso Diocese. The Monument to Jesus Christ, known as Cristo Rey, was commissioned by the Church, built by Spanish sculptor Urbici Soler, and completed in 1940.
Mount Cristo Rey is a Catholic Shrine, and became part of the newly-created Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces in 1982. Annual pilgrimages have been held at the mountain since the 1930s. Las Cruces Bishop Ricardo Ramirez conducted a Mass atop Cristo Rey on October 29, 2006. The Summer 2006 heavy floods closed the mountain, but the Mount Cristo Rey Restoration Committee went to work and patched the trails so the annual pilgrimage could occur. However, funds are needed to pave the dirt trails with asphalt so future heavy rains will not jeopardize access to Mount Cristo Rey.
The TV documentary explains the mountain's human and geological history, which now dates to 100 milion years ago with the discovery of hundreds of dinosaur tracks at the base of Cristo Rey.
Altarboyism & The Future Destiny of Some Altar Boys
In the summer following my fourth grade year, a new kid who was smaller than I was came on board, and I was relieved as the bishop's train bearer. That was OK by me. It had taken awhile, but finally I began to comprehend that carrying the bishop's train had more to do with size than talent or worthiness for the job. Father Hay, probably like the bishop he served, was simply following an old tradition of sorts found in some dioceses - the littlest altar boy carries the train - it's just too cute. I was moved up to "incense bearer" for a pontifical mass in the summer of '58, the solemn ordination of three men into the priesthood.
Ordinations are pretty interesting affairs, if you're into that sort of thing. The most dramatic part of it to me was the point when the guys getting ordained as priests lay prostrate in front of the altar, their heads laying on their crossed forearms, while the Franciscan choir of seminarians sang the Litany of the Saints in Gregorian chant.
I'm including the Litany here from a version I found on the net that stated the music was produced by a Matthew Mc Devitt together with fifty seminarians, but fails to name the seminary. It's long, so I divided it into two sections, and it's still long. However, the length is understandable I suppose when one realizes that the gist of the thing is to call upon various (and numerous) personalities that the Church recognizes as being citizens of the heavenly realms. The theology of all this - the power of the pope to declare "saints," and the idea that these "saints" have God's ear - is all pretty medieval, simplistic, and some might even say childish (I would). But that doesn't take away from the power of the chant, the sung prayer that asks for help, from any and all quarters. The particulars might be flawed, but the basic idea is timeless, and universal.
I had to stop here at some point last year due to too much stuff on my plate - no time. Howevah, I'm getting ready to continue the series right after Easter this year. Please come on back. Thanks for visiting.