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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