About a week ago I came home and told Mary that I had heard that the town was going to put a new cross on the mountain overlooking San Clemente, Ecuador. Mary told me that she did not know we had an old cross.
We have lived here for just over a year now but I cannot blame Mary for not knowing about the old cross on the mountain. The cross was not visible from our side of town and it was a relatively small wooden cross located in a niche on top of the mountain on the south end of town. I had not noticed the cross for several months myself and only was aware of it as I am constantly scanning the mountain trying to find an easier route for an old gringo with bad knees to climb the mountain to take “aerial” photographs of town.
The old cross looked like this:
If you look closely you can see that on the day I took these pictures two turkey vultures were using the old wooded cross as a perch.
When I was downtown I saw the new cross assembled in front of Pinoche’s house on the sidewalk. It was made of metal rings about two feet in diameter welded together to form a cross about sixteen feet tall and six or seven feet wide. The plan was to carry it up the mountainside on Sunday morning and mount it at the same site as the old cross. In that it is made of welded circles, it is even more difficult to see in the daytime than the old wooden cross was.
Here is another view of the new cross zoomed in a bit closer.
What you cannot see from these pictures is that the framework of the cross is lined with lights powered by solar lenses. The cross is more visible at night than in the daylight. I will have to take my tripod downtown some night to get a picture of the cross with the lights, but for now you can see our new cross.
We invite you to listen to one of our favorite hymns in Spanish, Maravillosa Cruz performed by Maranatha, Latin from the Album, “Top 25 Albanzas Para Hoy.”
It is not exactly Rio de Janeiro, but we are proud of our new lighted cross!
Things are happening in San Clemente, Ecuador!