OLD ADOBE MISSION
The old Adobe Mission is a historic landmark in Scottsdale, Arizona. It originated as Our Lady Of Perpetual Help, a Catholic Church, built by the Mexicans who settled in Scottsdale in the early 1900’s. It was designed by Robert T. Evans in a Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style. More than 14,000 adobe bricks were used; each made from a blend of native clay, silt, sand, straw, dung and water weighing 50 lbs each. They were carried and placed by hand; a true labor of love. The entire community worked together, some with the building& fundraising; others providing on site workers with food, water and most of all encouragement. It was completed in 1933 and continued as a parish until 1956 when the parish outgrew the building and moved to a larger space.
Now the Mission continues to represent a true, historic, monument of faith. During Lent there is a beautiful meditation/music evening called Taize that I recently attended. It is an opportunity to slow down from the hectic pace of living and just quietly reflect. There is beautiful music being played with easy, repetitive lyrics, that had the effect of encouraging my inward journey until I found that inner peace. I was given a lit candle and invited to go up to the altar area when I was ready to leave my worries behind. Very symbolic and powerful!
Thank you to the immigrants who selflessly created this beautiful mission that brings such peace and joy to those who visit. If you find yourself in my beautiful city please take a moment to refresh your soul by visiting the Old Adobe Mission.
Ardis what a lovely landmark to have in your community. No matter what religion or faith, i find that these sacred spaces to be very special. You can feel the energy and intention of the people who built it and those who practiced their faith there decade after decade. I imagine that the service as you described it was amazing.
Thanks so much for sharing