Inspired by Nelson’s fairly recent coat of blue, downtown Gloucester caught between the blues and the deep blue sea
This cross walk is approximately 100′ long at McKenney Square (Prospect and Taylor St). Is it the longest in Gloucester?
The procession started at the DES Portuguese Club to Mr. and Mrs. Jose Diaz Ferreira (The 2015 Mordomo), and back to the church where Father “Jim” Achadinha , joined the procession up Portuguese Hill. The neighbor pronominally Portuguese, they appreciated Father “Jim’s” participation in the procession waving and coming out to greet the procession of the Holy Ghost. The rain held off until everyone reached Our Lady of Good Voyage, the rain stopped briefly after the Holy Mass, and the procession headed towards the DES club to celebrate the Holy Ghost’s Traditional “Sopas” (Portuguese soup).
Below is a slide show of the Procession and the many who participated. Two colors are used in conjunction with the feast: RED and WHITE. Red symbolizes the tongues of fire, the form in which the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, and white symbolizes peace, purity and divinity.
Father Jim Achadinha with Mr. and Mrs. Jose Diaz Ferreira the 2015 Emperor.
Father Jim Achadinha gave mass in Portuguese at the D.E.S. Portuguese Club.
Other scheduled events celebrating the Feast of the Holy Spirit,
Friday May 29, Father “Jim” will be leading in the singing of the Rosary in Portuguese; all are invited at 6:30 at the Portuguese Club on Prospect Street.
May 31st Mass will be held on Trinity Sunday at 11:45 at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, the Crowing procession will depart the Portuguese Club at 10:00.
Come celebrate a 700 year old Portuguese tradition honoring the Feast of the Holy Spirit.
Our Lady of Good Voyage Holy Name Society celebrates Pentecost Sunday with The Crowning. Mr. and Mrs. Mario Fernandes is the 2015m Imperator.
This week they celebrated with Prayer and Rosary, with Father Jim Achadinha. Many volunteers also prepared loaves of Portuguese Sweet Bread (Folar).
Sunday May 24th, 9:30 AM Members and family will meet at the Holy Name Society Hall and escort the Imperator to the Church for a mass at 10:00 AM.
The Crowning Ceremony will follow the mass, at Our Lady of Good Voyage.
Share with the Portuguese Community a Celebration of Faith, Family and Friends this Sunday and also Trinity Sunday.
The D.E.S. Portuguese Club invites you to pray and celebrate the Crowning during the week of (May 25 – 31).
The Crowning is scheduled on Trinity Sunday May 31st 2015.
Procession leaves the D.E.S. Club at 10 AM
Mass is at 11:45 at Our Lady of Good Voyage
The Traditional “Sopas do Espírito Santo” will be at 1:00 PM at the DES Club.
Tickets are ($10.00) and are available during Rosary week at the DES or call (978)-283-9737
Bing McGilvray shares from the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery website:
“The son of middle-class Philadelphia parents who valued education and the arts, Allan Randall Freelon, Sr. (1895-1960) became the first African American artist to receive a four-year scholarship in 1912 to attend the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of fine arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Freelon served as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I before joining the faculty of the Philadelphia Board of Education in 1919 as an instructor. He was appointed Art Supervisor for elementary and then secondary education, a position he held until his retirement. While working in the Philadelphia education system, Freelon continued to pursue a career as an artist in his own right. In 1921, he had his first solo exhibition, at the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library and that same year, he became the first African American member of the Philadelphia Print Club.
During a two-year course of study at the Barnes Foundation (1927-1929), he became well versed in the paintings of Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and French Impressionism. He studied with Emile Gruppe and Hughe Breckenridge and worked with two of the best Philadelphia printmakers Dox Thrash and Earl Horter. His work caught the attention of the Harmon Foundation and was included in the famous 1929 traveling exhibition of works by black artists.
In the late 1920s, he began to summer in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a seaside New England artistic community where he completed luminous landscapes that echoed his impressionistic tendencies.
In 1935, Freelon participated in the NAACP organized exhibition, Art Commentary on Lynching. His piece, Barbecue – American Style, depicted a crowd watching a black man being burned to death. Such a graphic depiction of violence was a departure for Freelon who was labeled a “traditionalist” by Alain Locke.
Throughout his life, Freelon enjoyed a stable career as a regional painter but in recent years, with the support of a traveling exhibition organized by North Carolina Central University Art Museum, his work has attracted a more national audience.”
Artist Justin Desilva has completed several more crosswalks: Our Lady of Good Voyage, Lobsters, Howard Blackburn, and St. Peter’s Square. He’s had several requests for a postcard or some take away about his temporary project. If you see him, ask for a bookmark. Some of the murals are at different stages in their installation process; you will see him going back and forth to different sites. As this project is temporary, Justin will remove his work at the conclusion of his exhibit.
There is a Google map http://goo.gl/maps/mc696 with updated locations and photographs.
Gloucester Counts Down to Kindergarten streamed across the Sawyer crosswalk. Congratulations GPS, Sawyer Free, CAM, Art Haven and YMCA in partnership with the Boston Children’s Museum for planning what looked like a stellar, joyous event.
Question: Does anyone know how to persuade the seagulls to forego their perch atop the light above the crosswalk by City Hall and Sawyer?!
Father “Jim” accompanies the Bishop on the Yankee Freedom in the Blessing of the fleet, seen here as they pass the Lady of Good Voyage Church.
As Published in National Geographic July 1953
“Devout Portuguese fishermen of New England’s old port of Gloucester Massachusetts, who daily face the dangers of deep water, well know the truth of that old proverb. These men who wrest a hard living from the sea rely on Our Lady of Good Voyage, as well as chart and compass. And once a year, in early June, the vessels of Gloucester’s Portuguese fleet gather at the State Fish Pier to be blessed.”
Below are photos from the same; showing the Blessing of the fleet in 1953.
Times have changed.
Magazine bought at Dogtown Bookstore
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.
The current church was built in 1914, after the original church burned down.
The church was modeled after the Santa Maria Madelena church in Madelena, Pico, Azores, shown above in a mid 1900 circa post card.
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.
Yesterday, I was caught off guard by the sound of a marching band. I ran to the window and saw something I’d never seen before: a procession with a marching band (that part I had seen before) with a series of couples and young women in elaborate gowns carrying crowns (that was new to me!). Naturally, I grabbed my camera and hurried to get photos. I inquired what the occasion was, and got a brief explanation. In essence, it’s a tradition of our Portuguese-speaking community (from Portugal and the Azores, not Brazil), related to Pentecost, celebrated by the parish of Our Lady of Good Voyage. I found a more detailed explanation here in an old article of the Gloucester daily Times. [Update: a fellow GMG blogger gave a great explanation just before I posted this!] So, here are some photos, for those who, like me, have never seen it before!
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.
On my way to an appointment yesterday evening, I saw this amazing view. I turned my car around on Prospect St. and parked in order to snap this shot – and met another photographer who had done exactly the same thing at the same spot (we ended up parked one behind the other, and shooting from the same spot on the sidewalk…).
Catherine Ryan writes-
I really like your cropped close up portraits of the our lady of good voyage in CAM and the craske Fisherman sculpture, by the way. Hard to do something new with these and I think you LOVE Gloucester so much they’re really portraits, alive for you.
The little carved wooden one has the boat and baby—given to Piatt Andrews (he and Gardener helped pay/raise funds for build out after fire) wonder why both and who worked with Halfdan H on it