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Bitter edges of a winter day

Christmas Eve in a cemetery seemed quite bleak anyway. And there was snow and a new storm moving in, both of which added to the feel of the day.

And this plastic, brittle and broken in the cold, and barbed wire? It just got worse.

Los Llanitos Cemetery
Truchas, New Mexico
photographed 12.24.2015

Offering

The candles and offering boxes (and the corner of the wood stove) just inside the door of the church set the tone for what turned out to be a well-used and well-loved place.

Nuestro Señora del Sagrado Rosario
Truchas, New Mexico
photographed 5.27.2018

Bennie Sandoval, 1944

Parishioners are reminded that the community lost Bennie Sandoval on Guadalcanal in 1944. He was one of 60 county residents to die while serving the country during World War II.

Nuestro Señora del Sagrado Rosario
Truchas, New Mexico
photographed 5.27.2018

Hierarchy, chairs

Was there a reason the chairs increased in complexity from left to right? Or was it a coincidence?

Nuestro Señora del Sagrado Rosario
Truchas, New Mexico
photographed 5.27.2018

Altar Screen

This was a rare treat – finding the tiny, ancient church in Truchas unlocked. The caretaker let us look around, and she gave us a bit of history of the place. This altar screen, for example, dates from the 1820s.

But the very best thing we learned is that she is the fifth generation of her family to serve as caretakers of the building.

Nuestro Señora del Sagrado Rosario
Truchas, New Mexico
photographed 5.27.2018

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