The Alabados of New Mexico
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: University of New Mexico Press
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I have the privilege of being a member of La Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno, known in common parlance as the Penitentes. Several years ago I was with my hermanos in the Morada del Rito in northern New Mexico during Holy Week. We were finishing...
Pope John Paul II called for a “New Evangelization.” Three hundred years ago in eighteenth-century New Spain, the Franciscan friar Antonio Margil de Jesús (1657–1726) began an evangelization by alabados. He walked from the city of Mexico to Costa Rica to Texas and back, teaching people...
The Sources of the Alabados
The newly ordained Franciscan friar, Antonio Margil de Jesús (1657–1726), sailed from Spain to Veracruz in 1683 and threw himself into every possible sort of activity for the conversion and sanctification of anyone who would listen. He especially made a practice of teaching Catholic doctrine...
Late Medieval Spirituality
Spirituality may be defined as the personal human experience of believing in what some Christian community holds and teaches, the experience of praying, especially in a group, so as to get into personal conscious touch with the sacred personalities, and the experience of living by norms the...
Living the New Spirituality
Members of any religion must believe the sacred narrative of that religion for if they do not, they fail to belong. In traditional societies the members will perform ceremonies to express their belief physically, in public or in private. Sacred story and ritual, belief and holy ceremony, are consequently...
New Mexican Spirituality
In the realms of heavenly and earthly holiness, God the Father is the original archetype “from whom all fatherhood is named in heaven and on earth” (Eph. 3:15). Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno, Our Father Jesus the Nazarene, was the titular patron of many confraternities in Spain and the...
The Alabados as Poetry
The author of the Lamy Rules of 1856, among the earlier surviving documents pertaining to the Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus the Nazarene, was almost certainly Father Dámaso Taladrid. The Taladrid-Lamy eleventh rule required the Hermano Mayor in charge of each chapter of the...
The Music of the Alabados
As someone foreign to this communal field of meaning, I initially listened with a critical ear to the music itself, but I did not achieve the experience it was intended to evoke. When I was able to go beyond this, I found an understanding of the music as a tool...
Collectors and Singers
The individuals named below have worked in the past or are continuing to work to preserve the texts and tonadas of the alabado tradition of New Mexico, seeing to it that as few songs as possible are lost to posterity...
As mentioned in the introduction, after the eleventh century people began to focus on the changeable humanity of Christ, and in this section we see him being born and growing up. The Hispanos and Pueblos of New Mexico still retain that same tender affection for the Christ Child and...
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Page Count: 415
Illustrations: 23 halftones
Publication Year: 2005
OCLC Number: 780539399
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