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