The Farm and Ranch Museum hosts the Blessing of the Fields on May 13


By Craig Massey, Public Information/Media Relations New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum will celebrate an old tradition with the annual Field Blessing Procession beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 13 at the museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road.

The colorful procession around the museum grounds begins with the blessing of animals, plants and the acequia. Visitors who come to the museum to participate in the procession from 10 to 11 a.m. will not be charged.

The event begins with the prayer of the four directions, led by Patrick Narvaez, cacique of Corporacion de los Indigines de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe de Tortugas y Tortugas Pueblo.

The procession will be led by Bishop Peter Baldacchino, Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces. Students from Catholic schools in Las Cruces will be among the participants.

The bulto carried during the procession was created by Las Cruces artist Virginia Maria Romero. Other works of art and museum objects related to San Ysidro and the blessing of the tradition of the fields from the museum’s collection will be displayed, including a large wooden statue of San Ysidro.

The museum will also hold a plant sale as part of the festivities. Vegetables, flowers and desert plants grown in the museum’s greenhouse will be featured in the sale.

This marks the 22nd year that the museum has run this program, which focuses on a long and storied history. San Ysidro, the patron saint of farmers, lived from 1070 to 1130. He worked in the fields for a wealthy landowner and was known for his devotion to God, his humility and his generosity towards those less fortunate than himself.

The story of San Ysidro has been passed down from generation to generation and continues to inspire many farmers and their families in the Mesilla Valley. For many years the workers of San Miguel made a pilgrimage every May, stopping at all the villages in the valley.

For more information, call 575-522-4100.


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