|Towing a stalled vehicle driven by Maynor over the mountain pass (below) that leads to Comayagua.|
After the initial weekend in Honduras, assisting in the integration of new members of the Missioners of Christ community in Comayagua, we had planned to depart on Monday, November 21 for Guatemala. However a few unexpected (but not so uncommon) interruptions (like a car breaking down and needing to be towed). Delayed our departure until Tuesday.
|Fr. Victor Alvizurez, pastor of San Augustín Parish, Jalapa.|
|San José el Viejo Language School, Antigua, Guatemala.|
|Iglesia San Francisco, Antigua, Guatemala - where Santo Hermano Pedro de Betancourt is buried.|
|In the background, one of the two volcanos visible from Antigua.|
|One of the many ruins of churches in Antigua|
|A view of Guatemala city from one of the surrounding mountains.|
|Rodolfo Ruiz, Anna Julia Ruiz, Dr. Reina Turcios-Ruiz, Fr. Herald, Roger Blanco and Carol Restaine in Guatemala City.|
|Santo Cristo Negro (the Holy Black Christ) in Esquipulas, Guatemala.|
|Roger Blanco outside the Basilica of Esquipulas, Guatemala.|
|Convento Belén, Esquipulas, Guatemala.|
After this rather "whirlwind" tour through Guatemala, we landed back in Comayagua for a week of formation with youth (blog post to follow).
|Sanctuary of the chapel at Convento Belén (above and below).|
Fr. Bernardino has a deep love for the liturgy and religious art of Eastern Christianity, and is himself an accomplished iconographer. He combines the canons and classic forms of traditional iconography with color schemes taken from the artwork of the indigenous Mayans, creating a stunning result. One of the most fascinating qualities of the icons is the texture produced by overlaying colors in a semi-transparent way, sometimes combined with a slight bas relief effect. Additional icons by Fr. Bernardino can be found on pages 6, 7 and 8 of the "Galería¨at http://www.lavozdebelen.com.
|Icons in the chapel at Convento Belén; the Nativity (above),|
and the Entry into Jerusalem and the Transfiguration (below).
|Statue of the Virgin Mary clothed in the Franciscan habit.|
|Fr. Herald and Carol with Fr. Bernardino Quiñones, OFM, curator of Convento Belén.|