Holiday Music at the Mission San Luis Rey
in Oceanside CA 2017
The Mission San Luis Rey, the largest of the 21 California missions and founded in 1798, is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year, with wonderful grounds and abundant history (it’s a National Historical Landmark) to enjoy – and open daily to the public. The Mission is home to a community of Franciscan Friars.
Mission San Luis Rey offers a Retreat Center with day and overnight programs cemetery, historic church, museum, multi-function meeting spaces, and gift shop, and is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
We went to a wonderful holiday Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols there today (one of the choir directors is a good friend of ours) and thoroughly enjoyed beautiful music in a liturgical tradition first held in England on Christmas Eve in 1880, now broadcast live from King’s College and celebrated worldwide during the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Mission San Luis Rey is located at 4050 Mission Avenue in Oceanside. For more information call (760) 757-3651. The Mission is open from 10 – 5 on weekends and 9:30 – 5 during the week, but closed on major holidays.