Mission San Xavier is vibrant. From the day its first brick was set in place, it has never ceased to change, to weather, to grow, and to be transformed beneath a new coat of paint. It has undergone many restorations and alterations, but its essential beauty has remained untouched for more than a century and a half.

And its bells still toll the Angelus. They still notify the villagers of a death among them. The mission is more than bricks and beauty. It is a reflection of the spirit and aspirations and very lives of its parishioners.

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