Palm Sunday was a new and very moving experience for me among the Mayan faithful. Of course, the church was packed as usual, but they raise the celebration to a new level with their love of processions and the enormous sizes of the palm crosses, which they wave joyously to the accompaniment of their […]See full post at "The Word From Guatemala"
As the debate rages on in the US over medical insurance, poor people in countries like Guatemala can only dream that one day they might have some kind of medical coverage or even a doctor to see them. The scale of the crisis in the highlands of Guatemala where we have our clinic is not […]See full post at "The Word From Guatemala"
We were blessed to celebrate Epiphany in the village of Aguacate. The faithful congregation always arrives an hour before the Liturgy in eager anticipation. It is inspiring to witness the vibrancy of their faith. Men, women, and children of every age pack the church. It was a lengthy service, including the blessing of the water […]See full post at "The Word From Guatemala"
Flower Power- Alexandra Chakos The ability of flowers to enhance our lives and touch our hearts has been acknowledged and celebrated since the earliest of times. Indeed, God has filled our world with such a myriad of flower colors, shapes, sizes, and aromas as to dazzle our minds. Flowers proclaim joy at a wedding, whisper […]See full post at "The Word From Guatemala"
In 2012, I watched an infant die in his mother's arms in Aguacate, Guatemala. This baby boy—skin and bones with gaping eye sockets—breathed his last breath inside the local church. Living three hours from the nearest hospital, the mother had no medical options and so she fled to the village priest. Seeing the infant's malnourishment, the priest brought a bottle of formula to the child. But...See full post at "Pages in the Story - Mayan Orthodoxy"
The Orthodox Church continues to grow in Guatemala, and one of the areas of progress is chuch music. A beautiful youth choir has formed in Aguacate, Guatemala, where the people now sing the entire Divine Liturgy. The music that they use in Aguacate is beginning to spread throughout the mission. You can hear all of the major songs of the Divine Liturgy in Spanish here on this page. Click on any...See full post at "Pages in the Story - Mayan Orthodoxy"