Jul 20, 2008

May San Hermano Pedro de San José de Betancurt Illuminate Us!

Antigua, Guatemala
Originally uploaded by marlinch
Saint Hermano Pedro de San José de Betancurt is Guatemala’s and Central America’s first saint...."Hermano Pedro," as everyone fondly addresses him in and around Sacatapequez, was born in Tenerife, but aspired to a more noble and adventurous life of service...one that awaited him in the New World's grandish city of La Antigua Guatemala, then named : La Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala." His crypt, museum (with personal apparel and everyday accessories/relics) and remains are in the San Francisco el Grande Church in Antigua...a few years ago he was moved from a walled in crypt in the nave to a special, and very lovely radiating chapel...it is said that when they opened his crypt the smell of roses filled the air.

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