...Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Retablos probably have their origins with the Christian knights of the Crusades and the Spanish reconquista. Since the Christian warriors were frequently far away from their home churches, they carried small box altars that they used for worship and protection against the enemy. The earliest versions of retablos generally featured religious themes.