Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, Oceanside

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4050 Mission Avenue (760) 757-3651

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    Mission San Luis Rey de Francia Statues

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 5, 2011

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    There are so many wonderful statues located all over the grounds of the mission. The father statue is located just left of the building that is just east of cemetery. The Rachel statue sits in a small courtyard just east of the parking lot.

    The plaque reads:
    Weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted for them because they are gone. You are gone, but not forgotten.

    Donated by Knights of Columbus Council 3162 and Parishioners 2001

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    Mission San Luis Rey de Francia Statues #2

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 5, 2011

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    Located within the Quadrangle of the mission is this wonderful statue of Christ path to his crucifixion. That is what I call it since I didn't see any plaque. It is beautiful done.

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    Mission San Luis Rey de Francia Statues#3

    by Yaqui Written Nov 5, 2011

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    This wonderful statue is located in the north new part of cemetery. It is call the Assumption of Mary: "All powerful God, you raised in the sinless Virgin Mary, mother of your Son, body and soul to the glory of heaven. May we see heaven as our final goal and come to share her glory."

    Opening Prayer
    Feast of the Assumption
    August 15th
    A gift from Amelia Irvine
    1919-2004

    This plaque is on a stone within the garden, but has a lovely poem.

    Miss Me - But Let Me Go
    When I come to the end of the road
    And the sun has set for me
    I want no rites in a gloom-filled room
    Why cry for a soul set free?
    Miss me a little-but not too long
    And now with your head bowed low
    Remember the love that we once shared
    Miss me-but let me go.
    For this a hourney we all must take
    And each must go alone
    It's all a part of the Master's plan
    A step on the road to home.
    When you are lonely and sick of heart
    Go to the friends we know
    And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
    Miss me-but let me go.
    ~~~~
    This rock dedicated to "Our Rock"
    Father Micheal Gagnon, OFM

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    Do not miss the Mission San...

    by lauriejeanne Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Do not miss the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside -- it is gorgeous!!See my Mission San Luis Rey Travelogue for some shots of the exterior (it was closed the day we went but even just the exterior is spectacular).

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    Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

    by spartan Updated Nov 18, 2002

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    Tucked away in a quiet North San Diego County Valley, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, you will find a majestic jewel of early California history called Mission San Luis Rey. Walking through the Sunken Gardens or along the arched colonnade, you will be transported to the past, imagining the everyday life of the Franciscan Friars and Indians who inhabited the Mission more than two centuries ago. Mission San Luis Rey truly lives up to its title as King of the Missions. Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, located in Oceanside, California, is the eighteenth in a line of twenty-one California Missions. Owned and operated by the Franciscan Friars of California, the mission provides both guided and self-guided tours, a museum, gift shop, Franciscan Retreat Center, and Cemetery as well as various functions and events. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the Mission Church and surrounding grounds and to attend weekend mass.

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    Monument Luiseno Americans

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 17, 2010

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    The cemetery is the oldest in North County and contains a monument built in 1830 in memory of the Luiseno Indians, this area's first inhabitants.

    Open daily.

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    See the San Luis Rey Mission Museum

    by Goner Updated Apr 19, 2003

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    San Luis Rey Mission

    The museum has photos and a 15-minute video that details the history of the mission, along with artifacts from the different periods the mission was inhabited.

    The entrance fee is $4/psn.

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    Tour the Interior of the Mission

    by Goner Updated Apr 19, 2003

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    San Luis Rey Mission

    The interior of the Mission has been decorated as you would imagine it was when the Franciscans returned in 1892; very simple, without gilding or marble statuary unlike the churches in Europe.

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    The Cemetery is Quite Interesting

    by Goner Updated Apr 21, 2003

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    Father Serra

    The cemetery holds a musoleum of past Franciscans and a statue Father Junipero Serra who lead his Franscian brothers to California to build the missions.

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