miracle of the "Swallows" of Capistrano
takes place each year at the Mission
San Juan Capistano, on March 19th, St.
the little birds wing their way back
to the most famous Mission in California,
the village of San Juan Capistrano takes
on a fiesta air and the visitors from
all parts of the world, and all walks
of life, gather in great numbers to
witness the "miracle" of the return
of the swallows.
year the "Scout Swallows" precede the
main flock by a few days and it seems
to be their chief duty to clear the
way for the main flock to arrive at
the "Old Mission" of Capistrano.
the arrival of early dawn on St. Joseph's
Day, the little birds begin to arrive
and begin rebuilding their mud nests,
which are clinging to the ruins of the
old stone church of San Juan Capistrano.
The arches of the two story, high vaulted
Chapel were left bare and exposed, as
the roof collapsed during the earthquake
Chapel, said to be the largest and most
ornate in any of the missions, now has
a more humble destiny--that of housing
the birds that St. Francis loved so
the summer spent within the sheltered
walls of the Old Mission in San Juan
Capistrano, the swallows take flight
again, and on the Day of San Juan, October
23, they leave after circling the Mission
bidding farewell to the "JEWEL OF ALL
MISSIONS" San Juan Capistrano, California.