• Ancient frescoes 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      The ceiling is decorated with frescoed vaulting. Below, note the contemporary wall sconces and loud speakers.
    • and lectern 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
    • Aztecs and Spaniards 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      Feathered uniforms and wooden swords with obsidian blades were no match for Spanish steel swords and armor astride horses.
    • The base of Spanish wealth 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      The great plantations to provide sugar for Europe were built on the backs of the Native population.
    • Cathedral cloister 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      As we move from century to century and diocesan churches to those of religious orders, let us be aware of the changes in style and architecture and its reflection in worship.
    • Cathedral courtyard 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      Door to the cathedral interior is on the extreme left while the courtyard and central portico are to minister to the Native peoples.
    • Cathedral interior 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      The post Vatican II rennovation by Mathias Goeritz placed an ancient Baptismal font within a very contemporary setting at the head of the cathedral nave.
    • Cathedral of Cuernavaca 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      Cuernavaca Cathedral of San Lorenzo, dating 1533.
    • Christianity comes to Mexico 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      Rivera contrasts the gift of Christianity with exploitation.
    • Close up of liturgical center 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      At the head of the apse is a banner as a reminder of a Papal visit. Above the altar/table with its description concering Christ: "I am the first and the last" are lamps representing the seven churches of the book of Revelation.
    • Great door to the cathedral 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
    • Narthex and window by Goeritz 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
    • The nave of San Lorenzo 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      The axial plan of the cathedral places the altar/table opposite the font beneath a contemporary baldanquin. The walls still give evidence of original frescoes. The windows by Goeritz bathe the nave in a golden glow.
    • Organ, Virgin, and sconce. 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      To the left is a balcony with a contemporary organ. On the cathedral wall is a contemporary background for a baroque Virgin Mary and cherubim.
    • Palacio Cortes in Cuernavaca 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
    • Pulpit 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
    • Spaniards didn't always win 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
    • Subjection of Native peoples 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      Loss to the Spaniards meant the brutal subjection of Native peoples into slavery. Rivera also includes the theft of gold.
    • Wall detail 

      Bruggink, Donald J. (Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan), 1988)
      Ancient frescoes show martyrdom.