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The Legend of Jesús de la Portería

 
 
The Legend of Jesús de la Portería Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 21, 2017
1. The Legend of Jesús de la Portería Marker
Inscription.
Del origen de Nuestro Padre Jesus de la Portería de San Juán del Río, Qro., México (Es copia del original)

Estando de interino el RPP, Agustín Peñaflor, RELIGIOSO DE LA ORDEN DE NUESTRO PADRE JUAN DE DIOS, en este CONVENTO dijo: Que el 19 de marzo de 1731, habiendo entrado en dicho convento EVARISTO OLVERA, a restaurarse por haber matado a su esposa, María Gertrudis Real, originarios ambos de CELAYA, a los tres días de estar dicho Olvera en el Convento, pintó con un CARBON una IMAGEN DE JESUS NAZARENO en la Portería del referido Convento; luego que el RPP vió pintada la Imagen, llamó al retraído Evaristo y le dijo que borrara aquella Imagen, lo cual ejecutó en su presencia dicho retraído con un trapo mojado hasta no dejar raya alguna, lo cual presenció también el R.P. Fr. Miguel Mora, religioso también de ese Convento.
Por la tarde fue a la portería el R.P.P. y encontró la IMAGEN más viva aún de lo que estaba antes, y en vista de esto, mandó que se borrase con un tezontle, hasta dejar la pared muy maltratada, por lo que mandó el mismo P. que se blanquease dos veces. Al siguiente día vió el R.P. Lo Imagen de Jesús en el mismo lugar más clara y más potente de lo que antes estaba.
En vista de lo que había acontecido hasta allí, tuvo que dar aviso el P. Al Señor Cura que lo era el Señor Pbro. Don Antonio Rincón, para examinar
The Legend of Jesús de la Portería Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 21, 2017
2. The Legend of Jesús de la Portería Marker
The marker can be seen to the left of the entryway to the image's chapel, below a tile version of the image. The image is also repeated at the top of the decorative entryway made from thousands of seeds.
más el portento y a los Vicarios que lo fueron los Pbros. Estanislao León y Don Trinidad Espíndola, y el Teniente de Partida que lo era Don Felipe Marda, que reunidos con el Señor Cura y los religiosos del Convento determinaron que en su presencia se picara la pared, a cuyo efecto se trajeron dos albañiles que picaron y enjarraron la pared; concluida dicha operación se retiraron todos; manda el Sr. Cura se vigilase la Portería. A los días siguientes, con gran maravilla de todos, se halló al Señor más vivo y hermoso que antes, así como las rayas más sobresalientes. Se dio parte al Señor cura y éste o los miembros de la Junta que él había convocado, los que reunidos otra vez, vieron aquel portento, y no quedando duda de que era voluntad de Dios que permaneciere en aquel lugar la Imagen de su DIVINO HIJO, mandó el Señor Cura Rincón traer un pintor para que sobre lo yo pintado, pintase la SAGRADA IMAGEN con el mayor cuidado, pero se resistió, por no creerse digno de poner sus manos sobre aquella IMAGEN; pero el Señor Cura dispuso que el pintor hiciese confesión con el P. Estanislao León y reconciliase todos los días, mientras durase pintado la tan SAGRADA IMAGEN.
En el inter, el Señor Cura Rincón, mandó parte al Ilustrísimo Señor Arzobispo de México quien mandó a un Canónigo, persona ilustrada y de toda confianza para presenciar el portento y con orden de que se le hiciese Capilla
The image of Jesús de la Portería in the chapel image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 21, 2017
3. The image of Jesús de la Portería in the chapel
o Templo, y de que se celebrara Misa, dando aviso a todos los contornos de este pueblo, y al mismo tiempo a todas las Villas y Ciudades, para hacer más pública tan señalada maravilla, que DIOS quiso por su gran bondad hacer a este pueblo, hoy San Juan del Río, Qro.

Tres Srs. Obispos conceden 120 días de indulgencias por rezar cualquier oración en esta Capilla, y el Sr. Arzobispo 80, por decir “Venero y Alabo a Jesús, María y José”.


English translation:

History of the origin of Our Father Jesus of the Entryway of San Juan del Río, Querétaro, Mexico (The image is a copy of the original)

During the interim period of Reverend Father Agustín Peñaflor, a religious member of the Order of Our Father John of God in this Convent, he stated: That on March 19, 1731, having entered in said convent Olvera Evaristo, in order to be restored for having killed his wife, María Gertrudis Real, both from the city of Celaya, three days after Olvera entered the Convent, he painted with a piece of burnt wood an image of Jesus of Nazareth over the entrance of the Convent; after the Reverend Father saw the image, he called Evaristo and told him to erase it, which he did with a wet cloth until leaving no trace. This was also witnessed by the Friar Miguel Mora, another religious member of the Convent.
In the afternoon Reverend
The interior of the chapel of Jesús de la Portería image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 21, 2017
4. The interior of the chapel of Jesús de la Portería
Father went back to the entrance and found the image there even more clear than it had been before. In view of this, he ordered that it be scratched over with a piece of lava stone (tezontle) until the wall was very badly scratched. At the same time he ordered that the wall be painted twice. The next day he returned and saw the image of Jesus in the same place even more clearly and more powerfully than it had been the day before. In view of what had happened up to that time, he had to give notice to the chief Priest Antonio Rincon in order to examine this important sign. The Vicars Estanislao León and Trinidad Espíndola, as well as Lieutenant Felipe Marda, also were called and met with the Priest and the monks of the Convent who determined that wall should be scraped. For this purpose they brought two masons who scraped and chipped at the wall; after this operation all were removed from the area and a guard was set at the entrance. On the following day, to the amazement of all, the image was found even more vivid and beautiful than before. The Priest and the members of the Convent, whom he had summoned, were present, so they gathered together again, and there was no doubt that it was the will of God that the image remain. Priest Rincon ordered to bring a painter in order to define the sacred image with the greatest care, but the painter resisted, not believing himself worthy to
The Temple and Ex-Convent of San Juan de Dios image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 21, 2017
5. The Temple and Ex-Convent of San Juan de Dios
The chapel of the image is towards the left of the main temple seen here. The top of the decorative entryway to the chapel can barely be seen above some trees.
lay his hands on the image. The Priest ordered that the painter make daily confessions with Friar Estanislao León and to be reconciled every day, while painting the sacred image.
At the same time, the Priest Rincón sent a message to the Illustrious Archbishop of Mexico who sent a canon, an enlightened person and of all confidence, to witness this sign and with an order that it be made into a Chapel or Temple, and that Mass should be celebrated, giving notice to all parts of the town, and at the same time to all the nearby villas and cities. In this way it was made public what God wanted, by his great goodness, to do for this people, today San Juan del Río, Querétaro.

Three Bishops grant 120 days of indulgence for praying any prayer in this Chapel, and the Archbishop 80 for saying "I venerate and praise Jesus, Mary and Joseph".

 
Location. 20° 23.062′ N, 100° 0.394′ W. Marker is in San Juan del Río, Querétaro, in Municipality of San Juan del Río. Marker is on Avenida Benito Juárez Poniente just east of Paseo Nogales, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Juan del Río, Querétaro 76800, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 27 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Children Heroes of the Battle of Chapultepec (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Royal Inland Road in San Juan del Río (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); To the Founders of San Juan del Río (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); The Geographical Center of Mexico (approx. 19.3 kilometers away); First Public Education in Tequisquiapan (approx. 19.4 kilometers away); Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (approx. 19.5 kilometers away); Salvador Michaus Marroquín (approx. 19.6 kilometers away); The 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Amealco (approx. 26.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Juan del Río.
 
Regarding The Legend of Jesús de la Portería. Although the details of this legend are difficult, if not impossible, to verify, it does provide some insight into how important this and other legends are to the Mexican people and their culture.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 25, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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