Mission Nombre de Dios
Located at 101 San Marco Avenue, the Mission Nombre de Dios was the first mission created in the United States and its vine-covered La Leche Chapel is the oldest. Pilgrims from around the world visit this more than 400-year old chapel named Nuestra Señora de la Leche y Buen Parto. Located on Matanzas Bay, the centerpiece of the beautiful mission grounds is the towering, stainless steel Great Cross – the tallest free-standing cross in the Western Hemisphere. Father Lopez, who presented the first mass here in 1565, is immortalized with an impressive statue.
Holy Week Events at The Mission
- Stations of the Cross begin at the Cross daily at 3 p.m. through April 7.
- Palm Sunday Mass (March 24) will take place at 1 p.m. in the Outdoor Worship Area.
- Holy Saturday (March 30) includes an 11 a.m. Seven Sorrows of Mary at the outdoor grottos
- Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at the Great Cross.
The Mission grounds are open Monday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Parking and admission are free.
In addition to the week-long events at the Mission, dozens of local churches conduct Easter Sunday services. Contact your choice for details
Inspiring and beautiful Easter Sunrise Services are conducted by several churches beginning at 7 a.m. at both Crescent Beach and Vilano Beach. These services are extremely popular, so arrive early and bring blankets, towels or chairs for beach seating.