Sunday, March 23, 2008

Finados at Ceu de Maria

At the top of a mountain, high above the city of São Paulo,

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sits a beautiful Santo Daime church called Ceu de Maria.

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In this most lovely place,

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people gathered to make the Holy Friday spiritual ritual of "Finados" -- as are called the four companions of Mestre Irineu -- who together with him received the foundation of the Doctrine of the Santo Daime. Now, as the ritual unfolded, the people would sing and dance and remember.

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And the remembrance would also include the great founders of Mapia who have passed on --

Padrinho Sebastião

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and Madrinha Cristina

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and now the man who had co-founded and helped to lead this church of Ceu de Maria and who, until the previous night, had lived in this house atop the hill.

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Orlando Villas Boas, or "Orlandino" -- as he was known to all -- had been a grande amigo. His passage gave a profound and poignant significance to the mass that was sung at the end of this spiritual work.

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I did not not have the pleasure of having known "Orlandino" but the energy of a great love was present throughout the day.

I'm not sure how to best express it? Maybe like this...

Earlier in the spiritual work -- while singing the hymns of Maria Damião -- I had thought of the child Saint John and the man who had grown to manifest his energies

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and I had thought of the ones who are coming...

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and I had called out Viva as Crianças.


There are a few more photos here.

(Note: The wonderful photo montages that decorate the church here and in Mapia are done by Carlos Gustavo N. Pereira. Thank you "Guta" for such marvelous works.)

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