CRISTO REY PILGRIMAGE
El Paso is located on the US-Mexico border and is the most frequently crossed international boundary in the world. What many don't know is that at the point where the states of Texas and New Mexico and the nation of Mexico meet there is a small mountain called "Cristo Rey Mt," named for the statue of Christ the King at its summit which "overlooks" the tri-state area. It reminds many of the much better known "Christ the Redeemer" in Rio de Janeiro, though not nearly as large. In 1933, Fr. Lourdes Costa, a local priest, spearheaded the effort to honor Christ with a monument upon this site. Following Pope Pius XI's establishment of the Feast of Christ the King, as well as the prominence of Cristo Rey in the Cristero Movement, it seemed fitting to choose this theme for the statue. Since then, there is a local annual tradition to make a pilgrimage up the mountain on this Feast, the last Sunday in October.
This past feast of Christ the King, Fr. Rodríguez and a group of pilgrims processed up the mountain singing hymns, praying the rosary, and making numerous devotional stops for prayer at various shrines located on the path. At the base of the Cristo Rey statue, Father offered the Mass of Ages, and although I don't know it for certain, I imagine this is the first time in some forty plus years that the Immemorial Mass of the Roman Catholic Church has been offered there on the Feast of Christ the King. May God be praised, and Viva Cristo Rey!
If interested, you can see some photos located at the El Paso TImes' website:
You can read more of the history here: http://www.mtcristorey.com/
St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation of Texas http://svfonline.org/