Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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Saturday is wedding day in Pátzcuaro.
That should not have surprised me. After all, Saturday is the traditional wedding day in most western countries where I have lived or visited.
But I ran across this obvious fact by accident. I trudged up the hill that is crowned by Pátzcuaro’s basilica -- and was once home to a Purépecha pyramid.
My original plan was to write a post about one of history’s cruel twists. Nearly as tragic as what Frankie did to Johnny.
A tale about how the humanitarian imperialist Don Vasco, in the sixteenth century, had hoped Pátzcurao would be the capital of Michoacán. If he had succeeded his basilica on the hill would have been a cathedral. A cathedral five times larger than its present size.
Instead, Morelia won the capital marathon. And Pátzcuaro has a basilica that is the size of a parish church in a respectable village.
What it lacks in size, though, it makes up in honor. The basilica is the burial place of The Great Man himself. Along with all of the requisite masonic symbols.
It is also a jewel box of a church. Enough gold leaf and red paint to titillate a czar. And to offer a setting for Our Lady of Health.
On Saturday the aisle of that jewel box was decorated with flowers, its center screen was wide open, and its center aisle was red-carpeted for the virginal feet of brides.
There were, of course, the requisite flock of nieces acting as flower girls and getting into practice for their own wedding in the not-too-distant future.
But it wasn’t only the basilica that was dressed up for weddings.
I have always liked this view of Pátzcuaro. With its almost timeless towers. At least, towers that represent a timeless faith.
As I was shooting through the arches into the former convent, I caught a bride and groom posing for their wedding photographs. They are up there at the top of the post. Even though the bride saw me horning in on her session, she simply beamed.
For almost five centuries, young couples have walked across those stones on their way to join together and raise children in a secure surrounding. With the help of their God and their family.
I was privileged to be part of that special day with several couples.
I wish them well as they start their lives together.