Before sunrise and illuminated by lantern light, the faithful gathered to pray, as they have many times before, at La Lomita chapel in Mission, Texas. The chapel is made of simple white adobe, and Roy Rogers' song " Blue Shadows On The Trail" plays from a battery-operated radio in the chilly pre-dawn gloom as Rev. Roy Snipes makes his way down the aisle to preside over the Mass. The choice of processional music is an unusual one, but this congregation expects it. Father Snipes is known around here as the cowboy priest. He normally wears his wide-brimmed hat, and on the altar with him are two of his rescue dogs. On Friday, his prayers are politically pointed. Father Roy Snipes with his dogs outside of La Lomita chapel. Dana Cronin / NPR He intones,...
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