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The Miracle of San Juan Capistrano

Updated on December 22, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

The mission at San Juan Capistrano started in 1776, the birth of our nation. It has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the past 200 years. The original site has been restored and is now a museum and garden. It is well worth a trip if you are in the LA area. My hub is also about a miracle that occurred here.

- Jun. 2016

Background

On a recent trip to San Juan Capistrano, I visited the Mission and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. I also learned of the long history of the mission and the appearance of a miracle in 1922. The story goes Father St. John O'Sullivan, the pastor of the mission, after witnessing a shop keeper swapping at swallows to get them away, said "come on swallows, I'll give you shelter. Come to the Mission, there's room enough there for all." Ever since then, the swallows have returned on March 19th every year, St. Joseph's Day.

A Song in its Honor

Lyrics to the Song

WHEN THE SWALLOWS COME BACK TO CAPISTRANO (Leon René)

When the swallows come back to Capistrano

That's the day you promised to come back to me

When you whispered, "Farewell", in Capistrano

Twas the day the swallow flew out to sea

All the mission bells will ring

The chapel choir will sing

The happiness you'll bring

Will live in my memory

When the swallows come back to Capistrano

That's the day I pray that you'll come back to me

All the mission bells will ring

The chapel choir will sing

The happiness you'll bring

Will live in my memory

When the swallows come back to Capistrano

That's the day I pray that you'll come back to me

Summary

The Mission was destroyed by an earthquate in 1812. It was rebuilt several times. The current status is that it is restored as a museum and garden for visitors and you can easily spend an afternoon at the Mission. The small quaint town nearby with many local shops and restaurants are also a delight to visit.

The miracle repeats to this day. Every year, on March 19, the swallows return and leaves on October 23, the Day of San Juan. A simple kind gesture by a priest has renewed our faith and gave us a glimpse of the glory of God.

© 2016 Jack Lee

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