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El Camino Real Historic Trail Center
The Traditional Presentation of "La Pastorela"
Updated 12 January 2012
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Garcia Opera House, Socorro, NM
La Pastorela (the Shepherds) is a centuries old Spanish language performance of the Christmas story.

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Archangel Michael appears to the Shepherds tending their flock and announces the birth of the baby Jesus.
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"La Pastorela" at the Garcia Opera House, Socorro, NM
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The Shepherds agree to go to Bethlehem to see the Glory of God.
Then, Lucifer appears to discredit the story and discourages the Shepherds from going to Bethlehem.
Michael again appears and confronts Lucifer about spreading lies about the glory of God and the birth of the Savior.
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A great fight ensues in which Michael defeats Lucifer.
The Shepherds arrive in Bethlehem, and one by one, worship the Christ child and offer their humble gifts to Mary.
Except the lazy Bartolo, who decides to sleep instead, not bothering to see the baby Jesus.
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The Shepherds try and try to awaken Bartolo, finally coaxing him to see the Nino.
When Bartolo sees the baby Jesus, he is overcome with emotion and shameful of rejecting the Christ child.
Bartolo is so proud of the baby Jesus, he shows Him off to everybody (the audience).
The Shepherds leave the manger, singing praises to the birth of Christ.
After the performance, carols are sung in both Spanish and English.
The performance is accompanied with live music and chorus.
The encore of La Gran Pastorela de Belen performers and musicians.
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