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America's Most Sacred Acre - Mission Nombre de Dios

Updated on September 12, 2014

The earliest Christian settlement in what is now The United States of America, took place in the city of St. Augustine, Florida.

On the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; September 8, 1565, the very first Mass was celebrated by Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales. This event was the beginning of the Cathedral parish in St. Augustine. America's first parish. The first Mass took place in what is today the Mission Nombre de Dios "Name of God".


Father Lopez was a diocesan priest from Jerez de Fronter, Spain. He was also chaplain of Pedro Menendez's expedition and founding pastor of the parish in St. Augustine.

The photo shown is one I took during our visit to St. Augustine. It is a memorial statue, of Father Lopez from the Mission Nombre de Dios.

Nombre de Dios Mission - America's Most Sacred Acre

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The Rustic Alter; St. Augustine, FloridaOur Lady of La Leche Shrine; St. Augustine, FloridaInside Our Lady of La Leche Shrine; St. Augustine, FloridaDiorama of the first mass; St. Augustine, FloridaThe Great Cross; St. Augustine, Florida. The great cross is over 200 ft tall and can be seen for miles. To find the sacred acre, just look for the cross.Coffin of Pedro Men�ez de Avil� founder of St. Augustine. This coffin remains inside the shrine gift shop.Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine; St. Augustine, FloridaOur Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine; St. Augustine, FloridaOur Lady of Guadalupe Shrine; St. Augustine, FloridaNombre de Dios Mission; St. Augustine, Florida
The Rustic Alter; St. Augustine, Florida
The Rustic Alter; St. Augustine, Florida
Our Lady of La Leche Shrine; St. Augustine, Florida
Our Lady of La Leche Shrine; St. Augustine, Florida
Inside Our Lady of La Leche Shrine; St. Augustine, Florida
Inside Our Lady of La Leche Shrine; St. Augustine, Florida
Diorama of the first mass; St. Augustine, Florida
Diorama of the first mass; St. Augustine, Florida
The Great Cross; St. Augustine, Florida. The great cross is over 200 ft tall and can be seen for miles. To find the sacred acre, just look for the cross.
The Great Cross; St. Augustine, Florida. The great cross is over 200 ft tall and can be seen for miles. To find the sacred acre, just look for the cross.
Coffin of Pedro Men�ez de Avil� founder of St. Augustine. This coffin remains inside the shrine gift shop.
Coffin of Pedro Men�ez de Avil� founder of St. Augustine. This coffin remains inside the shrine gift shop.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine; St. Augustine, Florida
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine; St. Augustine, Florida
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine; St. Augustine, Florida
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine; St. Augustine, Florida
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine; St. Augustine, Florida
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine; St. Augustine, Florida
Nombre de Dios Mission; St. Augustine, Florida
Nombre de Dios Mission; St. Augustine, Florida

America's Most Sacred Acre - Slideshow from my visit.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine - America's First Parish

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The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, FloridaPhoto from my visit.The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, FloridaPhoto from my visit.Inside The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, FloridaPhoto from my visit.Inside The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, FloridaPhoto from my visit.Inside The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, FloridaPhoto from my visit.
The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, FloridaPhoto from my visit.
The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, Florida Photo from my visit.
The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, FloridaPhoto from my visit.
The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, Florida Photo from my visit.
Inside The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, FloridaPhoto from my visit.
Inside The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, Florida Photo from my visit.
Inside The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, FloridaPhoto from my visit.
Inside The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, Florida Photo from my visit.
Inside The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, FloridaPhoto from my visit.
Inside The Cathedral Basilica; St. Augustine, Florida Photo from my visit.

Did you know that St. Augustine was the birthplace of Christianity in the United States?

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      ...

      By design, I spent my day of reflection at the "Holy Acre"...April 30, 2013...

      It is a very peaceful and holy place...It is a great place to put things in it's proper prespective...

      I go there often, to pray, reflect meditate and be close to nature...

      I am blessed, to live in St. Augustine...

      ...

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      jvsper63 

      7 years ago

      Great lens michelle!!

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      beerhead 

      7 years ago

      Great job!!

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      RebeccaE 

      8 years ago

      Now I know a bit more about the US and of christianity. Thanks.

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      ohcaroline 

      8 years ago

      Great history lesson. Good work.

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