For faithful Catholics, there's nothing quite like going to mass in the church just down the road, the church that most of the time sits empty and locked.Since last …
For faithful Catholics, there's nothing quite like going to mass in the church just down the road, the church that most of the time sits empty and locked.
Since last month, parishioners in the mountain community of Las Trampas have had the opportunity to worship twice a month at masses held in the stunning adobe San José de la Gracia Church.
"Oh gosh, it's just a special feeling," said Emilio Martinez, one of the church mayordomos. "That takes you back 200 years because it's just a unique church … it's one of a kind."
The San José de la Gracia Church was built between 1760 and 1776. It's "one of the most original and best-preserved examples of Spanish Colonial architecture in New Mexico," according to the National Park Service.
Las Trampas, on the far southern end of Taos County, is about six miles southwest of Peñasco along State Road 76.
Priests from the Holy Family parish in Chimayó conduct the services on the first and third Sunday of the month. For many years, due to a decrease in population, Mass was celebrated only around Christmas and for special events, such as the St. Joseph feast day on March 19. At the request of parishioners and mayordomos, the Masses have resumed.
For more information, call the parish office at (505) 351-4360.
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