Lee Allen
An 85-year-old time capsule was opened at the end of February at the Santa Rosa de Lima Mission in Tucson.

Arizona Mission Church Members Open 85-Year-Old Time Capsule

Lee Allen
3/14/14

We’re dealing with a time capsule here, so some time travel is required. Return to the early part of the 20th century when the usual national concerns were overshadowed by pending problems that would result in the crash of our financial world.  The Western desert was far removed from that chaos where Native American life still moved at a slower pace and churches were a focal part of that world.

One of those churches was again in the spotlight, Southern Arizona’s little Santa Rosa de Lima Mission in Tucson, a tiny, rather non-descript, chapel in the Pascua Yaqui tribe’s Old Pascua Village has been home to worshipers for over 85 years. On Sunday, February 23, a time capsule embedded in the adobe walls at the time of construction was opened.

Despite the importance of the event, it was Sunday and the day began with a traditional mass and communion for regular churchgoers who crowded the plain-but-functional house of worship.

For Manuela Romero and her granddaughter, Sophia Leyva, their day started at 4 a.m. when they arrived to light the mesquite fire and begin the hours-long process of cooking huge caldrons of casuela soup. Pascua Yaqui traditional musicians showed up later with their homemade instruments as did members of a Mariachi band.

Manuela Romero and granddaughter Sophia Leyva stir the cooking pot to feed the crowd at the time capsule opening. (Lee Allen)

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HHHmmmnnn..... That Soup looks so G O O D, that you can taste it from looking at the picture !............................................................................................. What is a Church ?..... It is a group of People who gather together and have the same base Values in Life, in Living, in Giving, and Receiving the blessing of Life that "The Creator" provides individually and collectively........................... .................................................................................................................................... It is "Living History" being played out, and seen for the very first time by those that are starting on their "Life Walk" as others are completing their "Life Walk". .................................................................................................................................... This is a "Yaqui Pot Luck", their way; and it not only feeds the Body, but feeds The Spirit................................................................................................................... Mankind is a "Social Animal", where even in a life of solitude; some interface with another is necessary to understand The Creator and His Way's; and to understand the "Mother Earth" and her diverse ways of being with Her different Children as they learn the "Spirit Lessons" of a "Life Walk" in time as we perceive it................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................... There is much going here then meets the eye, as each look upon the simple "Time Capsule" that contains knowledge, hope, celebration, and Living History of a moment on an Time Line that others have recently been placed on and invited to contribute to for the next generations too follow................................... ................................................................................................................................... So, rejoice and enjoy that Calderon of "Soup" that feeds The Church with The Blessings of The Creator and Divine Family of Man Kind gathered in The Church to discover Living History of The Spirit of Life In Their Village - Past And Present aiming at the Future.......................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................
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