San Judas closes his doors

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I went with Camilo Smith to Guerrero and Doctores. We happened to stop by the basilica for San Judas de Tadeo, a saint who has gained a particularly strong following in the city. Today is his saint’s day and at his basilica in Guerrero the doors will be closed to what would normally be a throng of thousands of worshipers.

Below is a prayer we were handed in the church in order to pray to eliminate the influenza. I’ve listed it all here but translated the quirkier areas. I also added some photos, although shot with my 20D which stopped focusing after a couple of minutes of use . . . such a bummer, could’ve made some great photos.

Oracion a la Virgen de Guadalupe para
encomendar a Mexico por la epidemia de la influenza

Prayer to the Virgen of Guadalupe to help Mexico during the flu epidemic

Santa Maria de Guadalupe
A ti que nos amas con especial ternura,
velas por nosotros con maternal intercesion
y nos procuras siempre tu eficaz ayuda
suplicamos tu proteccion y auxilio
para superar pronto esta epdiemia
Cubernos con tu manto, libranos de este mal.

Ruega por todas las autoridades y por quienes tienen poder de decision para que sepan establecer medidas y
prioridades para prevenir y ayudar a toda la poblacion,
Pray for the authorities who have the power to make deciscions that will help find means and priorities to prevent and help the whole population

y en particular a quienes son mas vulnerables
Concedenos prudencia y serenidad para actuar con mucha responsabilidad
y asi evitar ser contagiados a contagiar.
Socorre al personal de salud,
vela por la recuperacion de los enfermos
y se consuelo de quien se encuentran en duelo.
madre del Verdadero Diios por quien se vive,
Tu que nos has rescatado de otras plagas,
ecnomiendanos a la misericordia
de Aquel que nos sano con sus llagas
y nos libro de la muerte con Su Resurreccion
Ensenanos a unir nuestro dolor al Suyo
para hallarle sentido redentor
y salir de esta adversidad fortalecidos
en la fe, la esperanza y el amor. Amen.

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And a clinic in Doctores . . .

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And just for fun on the way home last night to the metro and using Camilo’s camera because as you can see above my old, trusty 20D can barely focus anymore . . .

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5 thoughts on “San Judas closes his doors

  1. You’re in the middle of so much action… I’ve been keeping up with your whereabouts all week! Photos look awesome… can’t wait to see your SP column!

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