Category: Religion

Christmas Celebrations

In Puer­to Rico, as well as most of Latin Amer­i­ca, Christ­mas tra­di­tions have their roots in Catholi­cism. Due to con­tact with oth­er cul­tures,  some of these tra­di­tions have evolved and changed through time. Some cus­toms have lost their reli­gious mean­ing and become sec­u­lar events where every­body, regard­less of reli­gious affil­i­a­tion, par­tic­i­pate. Here is the cal­en­dar of cel­e­bra­tions for the Christ­mas hol­i­days in Puer­to Rico. MISAS DE AGUINALDO (Nine con­sec­u­tive nights before Christ­mas Eve) In the Catholic tra­di­tion these mass­es are cel­e­brat­ed with music and car­ols. They are cel­e­brat­ed at dawn (between 5:00 and 6:00am) dur­ing nine days before Christ­mas...

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Rev. Angel Perez, leader in Hispanic ministry, dies

The Rev. Angel L. Perez, an LCMS leader in His­pan­ic min­istry, died Nov. 24 at his home in in Apop­ka, Fla., after a long, debil­i­tat­ing ill­ness. Perez was 68. A memo­r­i­al ser­vice was held Dec. 2 at Ascen­sion Luther­an Church in Cas­sel­ber­ry, Fla., with a com­mit­tal ser­vice at High­land Mem­o­ry Gar­dens, Apop­ka. Perez, who served as the Synod’s coun­selor for His­pan­ic min­istry from 1994 to 1998, was respon­si­ble for help­ing LCMS dis­tricts to equip con­gre­ga­tions to begin new His­pan­ic mis­sions. In 1998 he left that post to become an LCMS mis­sion­ary to Puer­to Rico, where he served until 2002....

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