The Floral Filled Mural at La Placita
” Inspiration found at La Placita, the first church in Los Angeles”
Several days before the Spring Holidays, I head over to “La Placita”, for contemplation, inspiration, and some of the best people watching in this City.
The Church Plaza sits at the corner of Cesar Chavez Bl and N.Brodway. This is the site of the first church in Los Angeles, erected in 1784, then rebuilt in 1814, after the Los Angeles River overran, flooding the church. Fortunately, many California Missions came with aid to help the church donating barrels of brandy, furniture, over 1,000 Cattle, and two church bells that still hang in the Plaza today.
Holy Week begins on Sunday, April 17th, and this is the place I go to absorb the energy of the faithful, and gain a renewed sense of hope. Mass runs every hour, and there are huge speakers set up to address the crowd that overflows out of the church. The north side of the Plaza has a mural of “The Virgen Mary”, complete with a small alter that is filled with flowers in her honor. If energy of the faith filled crowd is overwhelming, one can duck into the “Church store”, and browse through cards, candles, and jewelry.
Directly next to the Plaza is “Olvera Street”, so charming with its cobblestone path that takes you through dozens of shops and stands, a variety of Mexican resturants, and more historical spots and people to watch. The plaza to the north end is filled with Aztec Dancers performing much like they did centuries before, and it’s mezmerizing to watch. The day before Easter, Saturday April 23rd, is known as “The Blessing of The Animals”, ( free ) and in past years, Cardinal Mahoney has done the honors. This is free, and open to all.
“Our Lady Queen of Angeles Church”
535 N. Main St
Los Angeles, Calif 90012