The Legend of the Lady in Blue in the Trans Pecos

By Gabriel Neves | May. 23, 2016 1:30 pm

Catholics from all over San Angelo had an opportunity to honor the Lady in Blue at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts this Sunday. The event, promoted by the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo, brought to light the legacy of Sor Maria de Jesus Agreda, a Spanish nun who appeared to the Jumano Native Americans in 1629, and brought them into Christianity. Celebrations started with a procession across the Concho River through Celebration Bridge, that reenacted the moment when the Jumanos first saw Sor Maria wearing a blue dress for the first time. Following the procession, Jumano Chief Gabriel Carrasco passed a bowl with smudging of the sacred bowl, as part of a traditional tribe ritual. Right after the proceedings, there was a representation of a baptism of the Jumanos, that converted this Native American tribe into Christianity, followed by songs that praised the importance of the nun’s appearance to the community. Following the ceremony, the procession went back to the museum where religious authorities talked about Sor Maria’s story and her importance for West Texas Catholics. The main speaker, Bishop Emeritus of San Angelo Michael D. Pfeifer, praised the “Lady in Blue” and her teachings towards the importance of baptizing into Christianity. “The Lady in Blue was asked to be the messenger to invite our first Americans to share this wonderful gift, baptism,” said Bishop Pfeifer, who also added that he was happy to “celebrate this wonderful gift.” Pfeifer also exalted Maria’s qualities beyond the religious duties, such as sewing, in which the nun once sew a chasuble with elements of Texas nature, including flowers and birds. This confirmed that Maria became part of the region’s roots.

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