Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ Los Cerrillos Madonna

Our Lady of Miracles
Los Cerrillos, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2010

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Cabinet Madonna at Jackalope Pottery

The Madonna Cabinet at Jackalope Pottery
Bernalillo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera


Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores de Manzano

Nuestra Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores de Manzano
Manzano, New Mexico
Karen Rivera


Our Lady of Sorrow, Chilili Land Grant

Chilili Madonna
Chilili, New Mexico
February 2010
Karen Rivera


RC Cola Madonna

RC Cola Madonna
Vigil Store
Chimayo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera


Andreita Avila’s Cross

Andreita Avila’s Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery
Bernalillo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 21010

There’s something so touching about handmade grave markers. Many of the cemeteries in New Mexico have suffered from vandalism and neglect. Families die out, move away or simply abandon the traditional New Mexican ways.

My favorite crosses are what I call the “hard times” crosses: handmade from whatever durable materials could be afforded. Rebar, cement, wood, rocks–everything is fair game and free. Oddly enough, the poorer the community, the better kept the graveyards are.

Andreita Avila’s Cross is on the left side of Our Lady of Sorrows Graveyard in Bernalillo, New Mexico. It’s proximity to the Placitas off-ramp has made it a vandal’s dream so it was heart-warming to find this small pocket size memorial exactly where it was placed  years ago.