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The Legend of Colorado's San Acacio Viejo
Viejo San Acacio
A few years ago, I was lucky enough to catch a local news television story about the old San Acacio mission located near the current town of San Luis, Colorado. Purportedly, well over a hundred and fifty years ago, a miraculous event, took place between the small farming community and an impending war party of Ute Indians.
To begin with, I do believe in miracles.
I see them every day.
To me the fact that I’m alive and breathing is a miracle. Better yet, even a passing smile from a complete stranger … now that too, I consider a miracle, but then there are those miracles that have no explanation, and those are the kind of miracles that intrigue me. Upon watching this story with closer speculation, I felt an immediate fascination and very compelled to see for myself where this wondrous event in the San Luis Valley took place, a local legend that still stands to this day.
I took a weekend trip, a sabbatical if you will, to the San Luis Valley.
Needless to say, this trip was a breathtaking adventure, and in the end, I walked away, a more spiritual person with historical knowledge of one of Colorado's oldest Spanish settlements.
During the years of 1856 and 1880 early citizens of San Luis built the church of San Acacio Viejo, in lieu of a promise made after the town was in danger of an attack by a band of Ute warriors seen on a nearby alto where the Sanchez Canal flows this day.
According to legend, at the time of the impending attack, the men in the community were hard at work in the fields while the women, children and the elderly remained in the settlement unprotected when the Ute appeared on the horizon.
Helpless to protect themselves from the marauding band of Ute warriors, the citizens came together and prayed to St. Acacias, a well-known Roman Centurion officer who martyred himself for his faith. The tale continues that as the warriors on horseback rode toward the village they stopped halfway while looking up and pointing their arrows towards the white clouds in the sky they quickly turned on their mounts and departed.
Some years later, citizens from the small community of Garcia made an acquaintance with an old Indian woman who remembered the day of the Ute war party’s raid. She told them how the warriors were going to wreak havoc and destroy the settlement, but as the braves galloped down the hill, up in the sky, there was a sudden, billowing cloud-like apparition of a fierce warrior on a steed riding down to defend the local citizens. The alarming image of the holy warrior surprised the Ute party, causing them to rear back, and retreat. As legend would have it, the citizens of that small community felt so much conviction and gratitude for their rescue from the Ute war party the settlers named the village, and mission, San Acacio.
One Last Thought
San Acacio Viejo is located in the heart of the San Luis Valley, a location central to numerous reports of UFO sightings.
If UFO activity exists within the valley, then is it plausible to question what the retreating Ute Warriors actually saw in the sky above the settlement of San Acacio?
What if it wasn't Saint Acacius coming to the settlers rescue, but instead, swirling lights of a UFO which spooked the warriors away that day?
You might want to watch the video below and decide for yourself ...
Hubs on the Unexplained or Miracles
- The Clouds Over Aurora - Angels Perhaps? ~ Faith Reaper
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- Divine Miracles - Why Aren't There Any Today?
San Acacio Sightings
In the San Luis Valley of Colorado, there are legends and stories that have been told for decades and centuries. Tales of spirits, ghostly encounters, sightings of UFO's, paranormal activity. The San Luis Valley storytellers replays many of those stories as they were first told around campfires, kitchen tables and at family gatherings.
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