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Visiting a mission Church in the mountains

10 Feb

Today we were invited to St. Therèsè of the Child Jesus Parish that is located in the mountains. They celebrated their parish feast today; we are not sure why, but the celebration was great. Everyone in the village comes to celebrate. Priests gather from other parishes to show fraternal support. We were moved during the Eucharist by the beautiful offertory procession and by the dancing after communion. As you see in one of pictures, there is great need for liturgical vessels, especially ciboriums.

After the Mass, there was food for everyone! People gather wherever it is possible–on the ground, Church steps, everywhere.

Once again we had to travel on rocky roads, and we had to cross over a winding river a number of times. Thank God we had a good driver!

We were passing people who were walking barefoot, carrying their shoes, so when they arrive at the church their shoes will be clean. It was so humbling to see this gesture of respect for the Lord’s house.

When we got back into Jacmel, the people were celebrating the last days of Carnival. We saw many people in masks and costumes.

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