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Good Friday Tradition - By Gloria Mendoza

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Santuario Pilgrimage, 1946 Santuario Pilgrimage, 1946 Tyler Dingee

Been up since 5:00 a.m. Today is our Lenten meal day.

Here's my menu: Beans w/chicos, salmon patties (rellenos de pescado) w/green chile, torrejas (torta de huevo) w/red chile, quelites (spinach), macaroni w/tomato and cheese, calabasitas (zucchini squash w/corn), sopa w/caramel syrup and capiratoda (sopa w/a milk syrup) peach dessert. This is the traditional meal I grew up with in Santa Fe on every Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

The week before Easter we went to confession, went shopping for our Easter outfits, and spring cleaned the house. We went to church each day for Holy Week. On Holy Thursday we would all go with my Mom and Aunt to the Santuario. However, starting early in the morning, we would visit each church in Santa Fe, pray a rosary at each one, and light a candle. We would then visit each church on the way to Chimayo. We would arrive late afternoon, visit the posito, and get Holy dirt and Holy water.

My mother would cook for two days. She would bring out her small glass scalloped dessert dishes and serve everything she made in an individual dish.  She set all these upon a tray, covering the food with a clean, new tea towel.  We would take a tray to all our Aunts and Uncles who lived in the neighborhood. The recipients of our meal would then clean the dishes, fill them up with what they cooked for that day, and send them back to our home. This is a tradition which has died and which I am trying to keep alive.

We had to finish by noon time because all radios, music, and phones were turned off for the Holy three hours. We knelt in front of a nicho where our Santo Nino de Atocha sat with candles lit, rosaries, scapulars and other small tokens surrounding him. We prayed a rosary and other prayers, led by my Mother and Grandma. My Grandma’s prayers were in Spanish. We could not talk or do anything for those three hours. At 3:00 we continued to deliver trays of food and finally sat to eat our meatless Lenten Meal when Dad got home from work. I have continued this tradition for 50+ years.

I am now teaching my granddaughters and daughters-in-law our traditions and recipes.

God bless your families as we ready for the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

HAPPY EASTER!

--Gloria Mendoza

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Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

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