Holy Week in Tomé: A New Mexico Passion Play

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Sunstone Press, 1976 - 207 pages
Like so many folk customs the Tomé (New Mexico) Passion Play was passed along orally from generation to generation for nearly two hundred years. The same drama that Fray Francisco Domingues mentioned in 1776 was still being performed in 1947 when it was filmed by a local resident. It was at this time that Fred Landavazo, Edwin Berry and Juan Estevan Zamora realized that the drama, already threatened by a modern, disinterested world, should be preserved in a more permanent form. Through their efforts a script was produced before the final performance of the play in 1955. For the first time, this important religious and historical folk document is available in its original from with translations and annotation by Fr. Thomas Steele. Thomas J. Steele, S.J., a Jesuit priest, is a teacher and authority on the religious folk art of New Mexico.

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Wednesday of Holy Week
Iglesia Catolica Tome N Mex 35
El Lienzo de la Veronica
Nuestra Senora de los Dolores
El Descendimiento
El Centurion
N S Soledad
Domingo de Resurreccion
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Miserere Mei Deus 38

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Page 72 - As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
Page 40 - Thou shalt- sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed : Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.
Page 40 - Cast me not away from thy face : and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation : and strengthen me with a perfect spirit.
Page 72 - Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he.
Page 41 - Averte faciem Tuam a peccatis meis : et omnes iniquitates meas dele. Cor mundum crea in me, Deus : et spiritum rectum innova in visceribus meis.
Page 7 - And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent...
Page 7 - Tome on Good Friday, when my attention was arrested by a man almost naked, bearing, in imitation of Simon, a huge cross upon his shoulders, which, though constructed of the lightest wood, must have weighed over a hundred pounds. The long end dragged upon the ground, as we have seen it represented in sacred pictures, and about the middle swung a stone of immense dimensions, appended there for the purpose of making the task more laborious. Not far behind followed another equally destitute of clothing,...
Page 41 - Quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognosco : et peccatum meum contra me est semper. Tibi soli peccavi, et malum coram te feci : ut justificeris in sermonibus tuis, et vincas cum judicaris. Ecce enim in iniquitatibus conceptus sum : et in peccatis concepit me mater mea. Ecce enim veritatem dilexisti : incerta et occulta sapientise tuse manifestasti mihi.
Page 40 - A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

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