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Within the Serra Chapel is a small room dedicated to St Peregrine, the Patron Saint of cancer patients. A peaceful place, however the room is very small maybe 11 x 11 square feet. The air is warm and heavy with the heat thrown off by the numerous votive and mass candles that are lit for a devotion in honor or memory of a loved one. A small donation is asked but not demanded.
St Peregrine was cured of cancer, after he received a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch his impaired limb. He died in 1345 and was canonized in 1726. He is the patron of cancer patients.
Kris and I both lit candles for those in need as well as for our family and friends. It is a comforting ritual which has been all but abandoned by many catholic churches. I was happy to see that the ritual still exists in the Mission.
Written Nov 14, 2005
Most of the flowers in the SJC MIssion Gardens are not native to California. Before the Spanish introduced irrigation, California a natural desert was covered mostly with Cactus, Chapparel and Scrub Oak. The SJC Mission has several gardens showing these indigenous plants. If you get a Docent led tour you may get a lesson on how the Jaunenos used the native plants for food, shampoo, sewing and medicinal purposes.
Written Sep 24, 2005
At the entrance of the Mission and in the center courtyard we have beautiful fountains with lilies and koi fish. The fountains look different in each of the four seasons. The picture of the bright colorful lily pads was taken right at the beggining of Fall. The pictures are nice but do not begin to capture what it is like in person. imagine hearing the trickling sound of water and seeing colorful koi swimming beneath the lily pads.
Updated Sep 24, 2005
This is the original mission church, the oldest building in California and the only standing structure where Father Serra said Mass.
The altar is in the Baroque style, over 300 years old and is wood with gold leaf overlay.
Mission San Juan Capistrano, named for St. John of Capistran, Italy, a theologian of the 14th century, is the seventh mission founded November 1, 1776, the Feast of All Saints, by Fr. Junipero Serra. His icon can be seen holding the red banner on the golden altar.
The painting on the walls is a language and is read from the bottom up.
Updated Apr 23, 2005
Address: Ortega Highway and Camnio Capistrano Street
Phone: 949 234 1300
The city of San Juan Capistrano was built around the mission. All life revolved around the mission for many years. Most of the homes found in the town were homes of the farmers that supported the mission and used the local Indians as labors.
Written Jan 2, 2005
A lot of effort is clearly made to make the grounds colorful and clean. As I arrived early in the morning the groundscrew was out in force raking up the debris that had fallen from the shrubs and trees overnight. The tidy gardens are very pleasing and seem to indicate that the historic mission is in good hands.
Updated Mar 19, 2004
The grounds at the San Juan Capistrano Mission are open every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the afternoon of Good Friday. Admission is $6 and well worth the price, especially since the admission price helps support the restoration projects at the mission. Currently, there is a $20 million restoration campaign. The mission is a purely non-profit endeavor and is not supported by any government funds.
Updated Mar 3, 2004
In my opinion, the mission is best viewed as a self-guided tour. There are several well-written interpretative placards at the various exhibits. The thing that struck me about the barracks was the diminutive furniture. I would be very uncomfortable if forced to use the tables and chairs, while the beds would certainly collapse if forced to bear my weight.
Written Mar 3, 2004
The Mission. People know about San Juan Capistrano because of the birds, but they fail to mention the beauty hidden in the Mission. Pay the admission fee, fo inside and lose yourself in peace and tranquility. If you happen to have some coins on you, put it on the top of you shoe, make a wish and flip the coin into the fountain.
My wish came true. Maybe yours will too.
Updated Jul 18, 2003
They are still excavating the Mission compound and are finding many of the original rooms and work areas. There is an architectural office at the back of the mission. Since the 70's they have found over 4,000 pieces of pottery and other artifacts.
The picture is of the metal furnance, the first in California.
Updated Jun 28, 2003
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