It’s fairly common knowledge that

Filed under:General — eric @ 1:13 am

It’s fairly common knowledge that a small Christian church in Ethiopia claims to house the Ark of the Covenant, thanks to Graham Hancock and his book The Sign and the Seal. Portions of the book are on-line and illustrated as part of OneWorld Magazine. The rest of the magazine looks pretty nice, too. For example: a story on the New Mexico pueblo revolt of 1680 and some of the more recent pueblo struggles. This pueblo revolt was the only successful revolt against the Spanish in the Americas, though it was short-lived. The town of Socorro, where I spent my college years, once had a pueblo tribe living there. The town got its name (Socorro means “help” in Spanish) from the life-saving aid that the natives gave the Spanish colonizer of New Mexico, Onate. In the revolt, the Socorro pueblo was one of the few that sided with the Spaniards and they fled with the surviving Spaniards south. The remnants of the tribe can be found in a tiny town outside El Paso named Socorro del Sur — Socorro of the South. Socorro (of the North) still has the original church sitting on the plaza, and it claims to be the oldest church in North America still used for regular services. The school that I taught at was a (very small) Catholic school sitting adjacent to the church. A local legend holds that the Socorro pueblo residents warned the priests of the upcoming revolt in time for the church’s sacred objects (the gold chalices, the sacristy, and other priceless objects) to be hidden in a cave on the mountain behind town. Today that mountain is part of the New Mexico Tech campus, but is used by the military for rather extensive explosives testing.

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  1. Interesting. I thought the oldest church was San Miguel of Santa Fe.

    Comment by roger — 12/12/2005 @ 1:04 am

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