San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Founding Documents of Mission San Juan Capistrano
With a Translation by Monsignor Vincent Lloyd-Russell
and a muleteer named Feliciano.
and Four Indian boys unmarried.
Two others of unsifted flour
Three tercios of beans
One tercio of Rice and an order on the
granary of San Diego for twenty five
fanegas of corn.
a yoke of oxen from San Buenaventura
and moreover I shall take care of their replacement
when the desired foundation is realized.
six broken and two unbroken
and three saddle mules.
Three horses broken and two mares
one of these with its colt.
Two axes for clearing or preparing charcoal
Six large machetes for cleaning up (brush etc.)
They have for the Church & Sacristy, a crucifix for the altar; one canvas portrait of more than a vara in length of the Virgin Mary, Domina Pastora, which has a condemned man on her shoulders, which Father Campa used; another canvas portrait, a little more than a third of a vara, of Our Lady of Soledad. Among others, a portrait of the Holy Patron (San Juan Capistrano). About four varas of muslin to make baldachino and backdrop for the Altar. A new Missal with the Saints of our Order. A number of double corporals of fine linen with burse and pall. An Amice of Breton lace, and two purificators of fine linen. A rochet of Bramant linen, with floral design and lace. Castile Wax for Masses for a year. The
To this Mission have been allotted all of the ornaments of those that have come from Baja California for the Church as well as the houses; also within those ornaments will be found those for the use of the other two Ministers, and the two Fathers, (Juan) Prestamero and Imas.
For the celebration of Mass, the Mission of San Diego will give a chalice, which up to the present day has had no other use but to serve travelers; and from the Mission of San Buenaventura, the Fathers of San Gabriel will give a vestment of various colors. In the meantime also from there, the oils, surplice, Ritual, Baptismal shell and all the other requisites and a Bell. The Mission of San Antonio has given tow blank books bound in red leather for entries.
With these beginnings & arrangements, Father Fermín left this Mission of San Carlos de Monterey on the 21 of August 1775 in order to join with his Religious companion in the Mission of San Luis Obispo, May God bless them. Amen.
~Father Junipero Serra~
Erected 1976 by Riders of El Viaje de Portola. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano CA 92675, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mission San Juan Capistrano (a few steps from this marker); San Juan Capistrano Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mission San Juan Capistrano (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Valenzuela Adobe (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capistrano Depot (about 500 feet away); Combs House (about 600 feet away); Welcome to the Los Rios Historic District (about 600 feet away); Blas Aguilar Adobe (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Juan Capistrano.
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