Thursday, July 1, 2010

Himno al Senor del Amparo

Salve, Salve, Senor del Amparo,
te saluda tu pueblo querido
y al llegarse ante ti conmovido
pide siempre tu gracia y tu amor.

El clamor elevandose al Padre
en humilde plegaria ferviente
y al llegar a tu solio elemento
nos hara disfrutar del perdon.


Huandacareo por tu gracia invencible
es el pueblo que ahora te clama
y te implora con toda su alma
otra vez lo defiendas del mal.

No es el barbaro y cruel asesino
que nos quiere llevar a la ruina
es el vicio el pecado y el crimen
que nos quiere privar de tu amor.


No permitas Senor que tu pueblo
que otro tiempo colmaste de gloria
vaya ahora olvidar la victoria
que por ti alcanzamos ayer.

Que nos falten si quieres oh Padre,
las delicias fugaces del mundo
que nos hieran las lenguas mordaces
no nos falte tu gracia jamas.

Every year on the 8th of January there is a celebration to commemorate the victory of the townspeople of Huandacareo over the bandits that sought to sack the town in 1918. Their victory was attributed to El Cristo - El Senor del Amparo - which was revered then as it is now. The hymn quoted above is from a postcard my family received back in the 60s from family in Huandacareo.

Angelina Salas Gonzales
See also:

El Cristo - Nuestro Sr. del Amparo comes to the New World


The photo on this blog is that of EL CRISTO - NUESTRO SENOR DEL AMPARO. The web address, cited as the source for my posting, will lead you to a wonderful blog that relates that in 1551, an Agustinian friar named Francisco de Villafuerte, had laid the foundation stone for the convent at Cuitzeo but was distressed at the condition of the indians at Huandacareo--because of their rampant idolatry and their suffering at the hands of their cruel conquerors. He called a meeting at Huandacareo. Under the shade of an big old cypress, he placed the cross, while inviting the indians to come and bring their idols. He then "relied on the Lord to prove his power." A miraculous event took place. There was an earthquake and the earth opened up to swollow all the idols while the bald cypress branches bent toward the image of the Christ (titled: Nuestro Senor del Amparo). Two months later, the Purepecha/Tarascan indians received baptism. The following year, the friar oversaw the construction of a small chapel where he placed the image of the Christ--Nuestro Senor del Amparo.

The blog also notes the origin of the cross as being a sculpture from the school of Seville.