|Angel Head, Church Entrance, |
Mission San Jose, San Antonio, Texas © Doug Hickok
|Out Buildings, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, Texas © Doug Hickok|
|Convent, Mission San Jose, San Antonio, Texas © Doug Hickok|
Mission San Jose is the largest of five missions in the San Antonio area. Founded in 1720 by the Spanish colonials, it served as an outpost for preaching Christianity among the native populations. Even though these missions are part of our National Park system today, many still operate as active parish churches. When we visited Mission San Jose, we attended a Sunday Mass, which just happened to be a Mariachi Mass. Yes, a service accompanied by a brightly colored mariachi band! So there was plenty of singing, toe tapping, and swaying from side to side. Perhaps the strangest part of the Mass, which I can still visualize vividly, is that the usher had an uncanny resemblance to the ponytailed action film star Steven Seagal, who you may know is also a 7th dan black belt in martial arts. Needless to say, no one protested where the usher sat them.