500 Matachine Dancers from San Antonio Parishes
Celebrate Concepción Feast Day on December 4
Hundreds of Matachine Dancers from San Antonio and South Texas gathered at Mission Concepción on Sunday, December 4. The mission celebrated its patronal feast, the Immaculate Conception, which falls on December 8. The Matachine Dancers keep alive a tradition of colorful garb and dance on special religious feast days. This custom goes back to Spanish colonial times when missionaries incorporated native indigenous music and dance into Catholic celebrations.
The dancers lead a procession to the San Antonio River through Concepción Park and then back to the mission. All the groups danced in front of the mission, and then each group entered into the mission church to offer their dance in front of the historical painting of the Virgin Mary.In San Antonio many families have three generations dancing together as Matachines. This was the 5th year the dancers celebrated in front of the mission.
The event is an annual celebration of a spiritual and cultural moment.
The event is slated to be an official Tricentennial event in 2018 commemorating the 300th year Anniversary of the city of San Antonio.
SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS DESIGNATED AS WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN 2015
Old Spanish Missions, Inc., of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, also known as Las Misiónes, is pleased to announce that it received 12 awards for its preservation efforts in restoring and preserving the four 18th Century Spanish Colonial Mission church buildings of Missions Concepción, San José, San Juan, and Espada.
The San Antonio Conservation Society selected the restoration of Mission San Juan de Capistrano as the recipient of their 2015 Historic Preservation Award. The San Antonio Conservation Society had selected the restoration of Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo as the recipient of the same award in 2013 on work on Mission Concepcion. The San Antonio Conservation Society recognizes significant accomplishments in accordance with their purpose:…to preserve and to encourage the preservation of historic buildings, objects, places, and customs relating to the history of Texas, its natural beauty and all that is admirably distinctive to our State; and by such physical and cultural preservation to keep the history of Texas legible and intact to educate the public, especially the youth of today and tomorrow, with the knowledge of our inherited regional values.
The 2013 Historic Restoration Award was presented to Old Spanish Missions at the Preservation Texas Annual Honor Awards ceremony held at Mission San José. The award showcases the restoration project of Mission San Juan de Capistrano, which was completed March 2013. It is the second award from Preservation Texas organization. Mission San Juan de Capistrano’s restoration garnered the “People’s Choice Award” at the annual Power of Preservation Promenade hosted by the Power of Preservation Foundation. The event was held at the Intercontinental Motors building on Broadway on October 24, 2013. (That building was designed by Ford, Powell & Carson, and at the event the office also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of O’Neil Ford’s legacy.) http://www.powerofpreservation.org/about-us/
Mission Concepcion’s interior restoration was awarded a Merit Award in the category of Religious Architecture: Restoration by Faith & Form Magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture. The project was featured, along with other winning entries from 2013, in the Winter 2013 Awards Issue of Faith & Form Magazine. The winning projects will also be displayed at the 2014 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects in Chicago and an Awards Presentation will be made at that time.
The Texas Historical Commission’s Governors Award was presented to Old Spanish Missions in March 2013 at the Texas State Capitol in a presentation by Governor Rick Perry. The Award is given for excellence in preservation efforts at the discretion of the Texas Historical Commission.
The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) awarded the Mission Concepcion Interior Restoration their Annual ‘Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award of Excellence.’ SESAH is a regional chapter of the national Society of Architectural Historians that promotes scholarship on architecture and related subjects and serves as a forum for ideas among architectural historians, architects, preservationists, and others involved in professions related to the built environment. The chapter draws its membership primarily from twelve states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia). The organization holds an annual meeting and academic conference, where the Best of the South award is presented.
The 2012 Preservation Texas Historic Restoration Award was presented to Old Spanish Missions in 2012 for both the Concepción and Mission San José projects which were completed in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The San Antonio Conservation Society – Historic Preservation Award was awarded March 2012 for state of the art restoration of the interior of the historic 1755 church at Mission Concepción. Work on the last of the four 18th Century Spanish Colonial Missions, Mission San Francisco de la Espada is set to start Spring 2014. Running concurrently is the Rose Window Project which includes work at restoring and preserving the iconic and world renowned Rose Window of Mission San José.
View story on the State Award present by then Governor Rick Oerry by Today’s Catholic’s Carol Sowa: 1. Austin award (1)
Events @ The Missions
Pastoral Administrator: Rev. David Garcia 807 Mission Rd. San Antonio, TX 78210 Phone: (210) 532-0182
Mass Schedule Sunday 10:00 AM Bilingual 12:00 PM Mariachi Mass
San José y San Miguel de Aguayo
Pastor: Rev. Rogelio Martinez, OFM 701 E. Pyron Ave. San Antonio, Texas 78214 Phone: (210) 922-0543 Fax: (210) 932-2271
Mass Schedule Saturday 5:30 PM English
Sunday 7:30 Spanish 9:00 AM English 10:30 AM English 12:00 PM Bilingual(Mariachi Mass)
Pastor: Rev. James G. Galvin 9101 Graff Rd. San Antonio, Texas 78214 Phone: (210) 534-3161
Mass Schedule Saturday 5:00 PM English Sunday 9:00 AM English 10:45 AM Bilingual
Mission San Francisco de la Espada
Pastor: Rev. Andres Gallegos, OFM 10040 Espada Rd. San Antonio, Texas 78214 Phone: (210) 627-2064
Mass Schedule: Saturday 6:00 PM English Sunday 10:00 AM English