A Historical View of the San Antonio Missions
Another unique feature of Espada is the wooden cross standing against the outside wall near the front door. The story is told that there was a severe drought around the turn of the century and the crops were dying. The parishioners made this cross out of branches from an old tree in the compound and carried it through the fields praying for rain. They had no sooner returned to the church then it began to rain. It is said that Father Bouchu placed the cross here to remind the people of the power of prayer.

About this Image:
1) An oblique view of the front (east) and north façades of the chapel at Mission Espada. A handmade wooden cross stands to the left of the chapel door.

2) This close–up shows the wooden cross placed outside the chapel entrance. Photo taken by F.J. Schmidt.

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Courtesy of the San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation.
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