On St. Joseph’s Day the Swallows Return to Mission San Juan Capistrano in California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano (Photo credit: Northfielder)

English: Mission San Juan Capistrano, April 20...

English: Mission San Juan Capistrano, April 2005. Photograph by Robert A. Estremo, copyright 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The ruins of Mission San Juan Capistr...

English: The ruins of Mission San Juan Capistrano’s metalworking furnaces. Photograph by Robert A. Estremo, copyright 2005. Juan Capistrano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two of the original bells from Mission San Jua...

Two of the original bells from Mission San Juan Capistrano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The Sacred Garden at Mission San Juan...

English: The Sacred Garden at Mission San Juan Capistrano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Walkway in Mission San Juan Capistrano

English: Walkway in Mission San Juan Capistrano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Father St. John O'Sullivan spends time in Miss...

Father St. John O’Sullivan spends time in Mission San Juan Capistrano’s “Sacred Garden.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: San Juan Capistrano Basilica, CA Pols...

English: San Juan Capistrano Basilica, CA Polski: Bazylika w San Juan Capistrano, Kalifornia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano (Photo credit: Trader Chris)

English: Franciscans of the California mission...

English: Franciscans of the California missions wore gray habits, rather than the brown cassocks that are worn today. Taken from p. 20 of San Juan Capistrano Mission by Engelhardt, Zephyrin (1922). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The first recorded baptism in Alta Ca...

English: The first recorded baptism in Alta California. Taken from p. 285 of San Juan Capistrano Mission by Engelhardt, Zephyrin (1922). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Misión San Juan de Capistrano by Henr...

English: Misión San Juan de Capistrano by Henry Chapman Ford, 1880. The view is of the rear of the “Great Stone Church.” img URL: http://www.artprintcollection.com/images/FordMissionSanJuanCapistranoRearOfStoneChurch1880.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano (Photo credit: kiszka king)

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INSIDE THE MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – NARA – 547752 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mission San Juan Capistrano,

Mission San Juan Capistrano, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 by the Franciscians under the leadershiip of Father Junipero Serra. He was responsible for developing a chain of missions He was beatified in 1988. The missions were all linked by El Camino Real.

Junipero Sera moved to Mexico from Mallorca when he was 37. When Franciscan friar, Fra Jupipero Serra was 55 years old, he traveled for 6 weeks from Mexico to San Diego on Donkey to build his first mission in 1769. Today, that is San Diego de Alcala. The Junipero Serra Museum sits high on a hill near Old Town San Diego.

Spanish missionary Junipero Serra, native of P...

Spanish missionary Junipero Serra, native of Petra (Majorca), founder of California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

California was inhabited by more than  300,000 Native Americans from 105 separate nations. The missions were primarily designed to convert the native Americans.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mission San Juan Capistrano is a ten acre site with furnished period rooms and a museum with interesting artifacts. It was founded on All Saints Day, November 1, 1776. It is the oldest building in California still in use for religious purposes; known as Serra’s chapel because he celebrated mass here.

San Juan Capistrano in Orange County California

San Juan Capistrano in Orange County California

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The surviving chapel also serves as the final resting place for three padres who served at the Mission: Fathers José Barona, Vicente Fustér, and Vicente Pascual Oliva. They are all entombed beneath the sanctuary floor.

The mission is tied to some interesting facts and events: 1) “The Criolla or “Mission grape,” was first planted at San Juan Capistrano in 1779; in 1783, the first wine produced in Alta California emerged from the Mission’s winery” and 2)  the annual “Return of the Swallows” to their nest which is traditionally observed every March 19 on Saint Joseph’s Day.

Today, California produces about 90% of American wine. It would be the 4th largest producer of wine in the world if it were an independent nation.

English: San Juan Capistrano Mission, CA - alt...

English: San Juan Capistrano Mission, CA – altar Polski: Misja w San Juan Capistrano – ołtarz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1984, a modern church complex was constructed around the corner from the original mission; the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano. Today, the mission compound serves as a museum, with the Serra Chapel within the compound serving as a chapel for the mission parish.
A view of Mission San Juan Capistrano's "...

A view of Mission San Juan Capistrano’s “Sacred Garden” that was developed in 1920. The four-bell campanario was erected a year after the bell tower at “The Great Stone Church” was toppled in the 1812 earthquake. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

San Juan Capistrano in Orange County California

San Juan Capistrano in Orange County California

While you are there, visit the Basilica. The “Golden Altar” is a 42 foot high Baroque -style altarpiece covered in gold leaf. The focal point is the Trinity, Our Lady of Guadalupe and four saints: Saint Francis of Assisi, Junipero Serra, Saint Joseph and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. This spectacular altarpiece was created in Madrid.

San Juan Capistrano in Orange County California

San Juan Capistrano in Orange County California

The church’s design is patterned after the Mission’s original stone church, which was destroyed in an 1812 earthquake.” It was designed by architect John Bartlett and built by Joseph Byron, Jr. of Alex Sutherland Construction. The interior was designed by historian Norman Neuerberg, who painted much of the decorative and sacred art which adorns the walls. The church was granted the status of minor basilica in 2000, and that of national shrine in 2003.”

San Juan Capistrano Basilica

San Juan Capistrano Basilica

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English: Sanctuary of Serra's Church at Missio...

English: Sanctuary of Serra’s Church at Mission San Juan Capistrano, Olive Street, between U.S. Highway 101 & Main Street, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, CA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get tickets for the 2014 Summer concert series”Music Under the Stars at www.missionsjc.com

San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano

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EVENT INFORMATION from the website:
Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series is a fundraising concert series in support of preservation and sustainability of Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic California landmark #200 and museum.    Music Under the Stars features a primarily tribute band lineup, celebrating a variety of timeless and nostalgic classics in popular music at the beautiful and historic setting of the Mission.
Concerts are held on Saturday evenings throughout the summer. Mission entrance gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Music begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m.

The best way to stay up to date with Music Under the Stars is to become a Mission Member. You’ll receive all the latest information as the lineup is announced and tickets go on sale. Members receive discounted rates on concert tickets and a two-week presale prior to tickets going on sale to the public. Join the Mission today!

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Music Under the Stars in San Juan Capistrano

Music Under the Stars in San Juan Capistrano

2014 LINEUP ANNOUNCED! Here’s some of the entertainers:

SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014
The Derek Bordeaux Group:                   Motown, Soul & R&B…The Right Way   Band Website

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014                 The Long Run,                 Experience the Eagles    Band Website

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014 Cash’d Out:                   The Next Best Thing to Johnny Cash including June Carter Cash duets

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 TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets may be purchased for a reserved table  or for general admission lawn seating. For ticket pricing and concert map, click on the map icon below.
Early purchase is advised as concerts are routinely sold out.
Become a Member to enjoy discounted tickets and advance purchase benefits!

TICKET PRICING AND CONCERT MAP (click on map below)
ON SALE DATES:

Tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 5th: Season and Group Table Packages on Sale           Pre-sale for those purchasing four or more tables for the series.  Orders may be placed online beginning February 5th at 9:00 a.m.  For more information, click here.

Wednesday, February 19th: Tickets on Sale to Mission Preservation Society Members             Mission Members receive discounted ticket rates and a two-week presale before tickets go on sale to the public.  Join or renew now!           Purchase tickets online, by calling (949) 234-1317 or in person at the Gate House.
Click here to watch a video of all you need to know for Music Under the Stars. Video courtesy of Lisa Renee Photography

Go to the Cedar Creek Inn across the street from the Mission and have lunch and a Margarita!

Acroos the street from the Mission: Cedar Creek Inn in San Juan Capistrano for lunch

Acroos the street from the Mission: Cedar Creek Inn in San Juan Capistrano for lunch

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