Blas Severiano de Jesús Medina (1819 - d.) MP

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Birthplace: Picuris Pueblo, Nuevo Mexico, Mexico (Present US)
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About Blas Severiano de Jesús Medina

From The Lore of New Mexico, by Marta Weigle, Peter White

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The local faith in the statue of the Santo Nino de Atocha dates back to 1856. It is said that in that year, Blas Seberiano Medina of El Portrero learned through a revelation that a statue of El Santo Nino de Atocha existed in the central Mexican town of Fresnillo.

Medina is said to have suffered from severe rheumatism. He reportedly prayed to El Santo Nino de Atocha, promsing to seek the statue in Fresnillo if he was cured of his rheumatism. Legend reports Medina was cured and that early one day, he set out on a burro to the mining-era Mexican town.

According to the story, Medina took six months to return to El Potrero, whe he arrived with the statue on Feb. 15, 1857. Reportedly overjoyed with the statue's presence, Maria Dolores Trujillo, Francisco Antonio Trujillo, and Juan Martinez donated land for construction of a church. In 1858, Juan de Jesus Trujillo is said to have obtained ornaments and permission to celebrate the Catholic Mass.

Miracles since attributed to the statue include one which was reportedly experienced by a young Sombrillo boy said to have been lost in area hills while picking pinon. It is claimed the boy, upon being found and seeking the statue, told his parents it had given him water while he was lost.

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The Lourdes of America, by Philip Coppens:

http://www.philipcoppens.com/chimayo.html

Chimayo has two other religious features that need to be singled out. One of them is a little church dedicated to Santo Niño, the Lost Child, which is dedicated to children. During recent refurbishments, the church was definitely given an extremely child-friendly atmosphere!

The central focus is the image of a child, with shoes, as if he had walked during the night. Indeed, local legend says that the statue was once said to have walked during the night and ever since, worshippers bring baby and infant shoes for the statue to wear, as he is thought to wear them out during his nightly travel in aid of people.

The cult actually originated in Spain, with the El Santo Nine de Atocha. During the Moorish invasion of the town of Atocha (presently part of Madrid), one day, a child, dressed as a pilgrim, appeared, carrying a basket of water and food. The prisoners were fed, but the basket and gourd remained full. As a consequence, the people concluded that the child was Jesus disguised as a pilgrim and he became the patron saint of those unjustly imprisoned.

Some believe that the image was actually found in the hole where the holy dirt rises to the surface. Another story is told about a man who, when ploughing his fields with oxen, heard the church bells ringing and begged the family to dig, which they did. They found the bells and a wooden statue.

The church itself was built in 1857, by Severiano Medina, a near neighbour of Bernardo Abeyta. In 1856, Medina was very ill and promised that if he recovered, he would make a pilgrimage to the shrine of El Santo Nino in Plateros, Fresnillo, in Mexico. When he came home in February 1857, he built the private chapel in honour of El Santo Nino.

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Chimayó, by Patricia Trujillo-Oviedo

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Severiano Medina built the Santo Nino Chapel in 1857. Medina became seriously ill in 1856 and prayed to El Santo Nino (the Holy Child, a.k.a. Jesus Christ) for healing. Upon his recovery, he made a special pilgrimage to a shrine of El Santo Nino in Fresnillo, Mexico. When he returned, he obtained permission to build a private chapel in honor of El Santo Nino de Atocha in Chimayo. The chapel is next door to El Santuario de Chimayo, and is extensively visited, especially since Santo Nino is the patron saint of pilgrims and travelers. The Medina family sold the chapel to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1992, and it is now under the care of Holy Family Church in Chimayo.

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From Holy Pilgrimages: Santo Nino de Atocha:

http://www.holychimayo.us/Pilgrim/SantoNino.html#

In the early 1850’s, Severiano Medina, a member of a well-established and influential family of Chimayo, became seriously ill. When he recovered he made a pilgrimage, in thankfulness, to the shrine of Santo Niño de Atocha in the town of Plateros in Zacatecas, Mexico. He returned to Chimayo with a small, papier mache doll of Santo Niño, a manifestation of the Christ Child who is believed to have performed many miracles in Spain and Mexico. Don Medina was given permission to construct a private chapel in which to house the doll.

This chapel was completed in 1856 and was instrumental in influencing a large number of devotees to Santo Niño in northern New Mexico. However, it eventually fell into a state of disrepair and was acquired by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1992. The chapel has since been renovated as a Children’s Chapel with modern artwork but still retaining many of the features of the original chapel. The main altar still houses the original doll brought back by Don Medina from Plateros.

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Blas Severiano de Jesus MEDINA

  • 18 FEB 1819 - ____
  • BIRTH: 18 FEB 1819, Lo de Mora, New Mexico [61075]
  • BAPTISM: 21 FEB 1819, San Lorenzo de Picuris, New Mexico [61076] [61077]
  • DEATH: Y
  • Father: Matias MEDINA
  • Mother: Ana Maria VALDEZ

Family 1 : Maria del Refugio TRUJILLO

  • MARRIAGE: ABT 1836
    • 1. Maria Antonia MEDINA
    • 2. Maria Peregrina MEDINA
    • 3. Eulalio MEDINA
    • 4. +Eugenio MEDINA

Footnotes:

  • [61076] Padrinos: Manuel Argüello y Soledad Argüello.
  • [61075] [S640] San Lorenzo de Picuris Baptisms, PAGE: Pg. 167
  • [61077] [S640] San Lorenzo de Picuris Baptisms, PAGE: Pg. 167

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Blas Seberiano Medina, "New Mexico, Marriages, 1751-1918"

  • groom's name: Blas Seberiano Medina
  • bride's name: Maria Refugio Truxillo
  • marriage date: 06 Apr 1836
  • marriage place: Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • groom's father's name: Jose Matias Medina
  • groom's mother's name: Ana Maria Baldes
  • bride's father's name: Pedro Ygnacio Truxillo
  • bride's mother's name: Maria Gertrudis Mascarenas
  • indexing project (batch) number: M00431-8
  • system origin: New Mexico-EASy
  • source film number: 16972

"New Mexico, Marriages, 1751-1918," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDPQ-QPT : accessed 19 Feb 2013), Blas Seberiano Medina and Maria Refugio Truxillo, 06 Apr 1836; citing reference , FHL microfilm 16972.

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Blas Seberiano De Jesus Medina, "New Mexico, Marriages, 1751-1918"

  • groom's name: Blas Seberiano De Jesus Medina
  • bride's name: Ma. Manuela Cruz
  • marriage date: 26 Nov 1869
  • marriage place: Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • bride's father's name: Jose Ygnacio Cruz
  • bride's mother's name: Ma. Ygnacia Trugillo
  • indexing project (batch) number: M00431-8
  • system origin: New Mexico-EASy
  • source film number: 16972

"New Mexico, Marriages, 1751-1918," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDPQ-6TM : accessed 19 Feb 2013), Blas Seberiano De Jesus Medina and Ma. Manuela Cruz, 26 Nov 1869; citing reference , FHL microfilm 16972.

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Blas Severino Medina in household of Blas Severino Medina, "United States Census, 1850"

  • name: Blas Severino Medina
  • event: Census
  • event date: 1850
  • event place: Taos county, Taos, New Mexico Territory, United States
  • gender: Male
  • age: 29
  • race (standardized): White
  • birthplace: New Mexico
  • estimated birth year: 1821
  • dwelling house number: 638
  • family number: 638
  • line number: 16
  • nara publication number: M432
  • nara roll number: 468
  • film number: 443667
  • digital folder number: 004202058
  • image number: 00249

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  • Household Gender Age Birthplace
  • Blas Severino Medina M 29 New Mexico
  • Maria Refugio Trujillo F 30 New Mexico
  • Jose Eufenio Medina M 8 New Mexico

"United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFS4-DQG : accessed 19 Feb 2013), Blas Severino Medina in household of Blas Severino Medina, Taos county, Taos, New Mexico Territory, United States; citing dwelling 638, family 638, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 468.

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Severiano Medina, Founder of the Santo Niño Chapel, Chimayo's Timeline

1819
February 18, 1819
Picuris Pueblo, Nuevo Mexico, Mexico (Present US)
February 21, 1819
Picuris Pueblo, Nuevo Mexico, Mexico (Present US)
1836
April 6, 1836
Age 17
Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Nuevo Mexico, Mexico (Present US)
1869
November 26, 1869
Age 50
Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Santa Fe County, New Mexico Territory, United States
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