State Senator Bruce Tarr honors the Portuguese Tradition
Antonino Pereira the 2014 DES Emperor march through the Portuguese Community and attend a hugh mass with Ftaher “Jim”
Captain Mesquita’s grand-daughter and great grand-daughter continue in the tradition. Mesquita commissioned the silver crown to be made in Portugal and blessed by Pope Leo XIII, which he presented to the church, Our Lady of Good Voyage.
Father James Achadinha and Mr. and Mrs. Antonino Pereira invite all of Gloucester to celebrate at a Mass at Our Lady of Good Voyage on Sunday June 15th at 10:00 AM.
This week is full of Prayer, Mass and Rosary at the D.E.S. Portuguese Club on Prospect Street.
The history of the crowning dates to the 14th century, when Queen Isabella of Portugal instituted the annual practice of crowning one of her subjects as imperator, or king, for a day. Gloucester has been celebrating this tradition since 1902.
State Senator Bruce Tarr is an honored guest of the new Emperor Mr. and Mrs. Jose Dias Ferreira. A High Mass celebrated at Our Lady of Good Voyage, with Father Alves, followed by a Portuguese traditional meal “Sopas do Espirito Santo” at the DES Portuguese Club. This is a seven hundred year old Portuguese tradition, carried on primarily by the Azorean Communities all over the world.
This post is dedicated to my parents Anibal and Adelina Simoes and my proud Azorean heritage.
This years Emperor are Mr. and Mrs. Jose Dias Ferreira, they have been hosting the crown in their home for the past year.
A week of prayer to be held at the DES Club, procession and Feast of the “Holy Spirit” on Sunday May 26th. See Full schedule below.
D.E.S. – “Divino Espírito Santo”
Fatima and Manuel Silva Honored with the Holy Crown
Harold Ercolani -President of the DES
Taylor Benttencourt -Carries the New DES Crown
The History of the Holy Ghost Feast
The original Holy Ghost Feast was held during the reign of Elizabeth (Isabel) of Portugal, who lived from 1271 to 1336. She was known as a peacemaker and as “The Holy Queen” who was devoted to the Holy Spirit. She built a church dedicated to the name of the Holy Spirit in Lisbon and often demonstrated her devotion to her people and their well-being. There are many stories of the Queen’s piety and service, but the dearest to the Portuguese people of the Azores is the one explaining their devotion to Queen Elizabeth and the Holy Ghost. In the 13th century, the Azores Islands suffered from many violent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The most seriously hit was the Island of Pico. The people of these Azores Islands could not survive the drought, crop failures, and famine that now plagued them. They gathered together in prayer to the Holy Ghost for help. On the morning of Pentecost Sunday, there was a great rising sun, and the people of these islands saw in the sunrise a ship coming into the Port of Fayal. This ship was laden with necessities of life. The food was distributed among the people of the various islands, and they were very grateful that their prayers had been answered. When their Queen heard of this providence, she organized a solemn procession in honor of the Holy Ghost. Accompanied by her maids she carried her Crown through the streets of Lisbon to the cathedral, where she left it on the altar as an offering of thanksgiving for the favors the Holy Ghost had given her people. In addition, she began a tradition of feeding the poor at Pentecost. Each year she chose twelve people to whom she gave a new suit of clothing and personally served them a meal at her table. The people of the Azores vowed that they and their children and their children’s children would commemorate the day by giving thanks to their Queen for the sacrifice she made. Since then, many Portuguese churches have displayed replicas of her eight-sided crown in remembrance of her goodness and God’s grace. Later, in the 16th century, the church canonized this holy queen in recognition of the miracles that were attributed to her pious life
Manuel and Fatima Silva will be hosting the DES Crown at Our Lady of Good Voyage Sunday June 3rd.
Procession starts at the DES Portuguese Club at 830 AM, Mass at Our Lady of Good Voyage 10:00 AM, followed by a Lunch of “Sopas” at the DES Club.
This ancient religious tradition began on mainland Portugal around 1296, by initiative of Portuguese Queen Isabel. She founded the first Holy Ghost brotherhood.
The tradition is now mostly celebrated by the Azorean Community.
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