Peru – Month’s Mind

The Community Chapel as we gathered for mass

This evening I joined the community next door to the parish house for a “month’s mind” mass – remembering the father of one of the parishioners who had died a month before.

It was a wonderful celebration of his life, but Ed did not waste the opportunity to remind the congregation of their roots in the communities in the mountains, where the father had lived.  Of how these communities looked out for one another and how this community support was in danger of being lost here in Lima.

He encouraged them to engage in the community programmes and to support one another. 

The evening ended with a shared supper of Corn Broth – like Scots Broth but with soaked maize corn instead of barley cooked in a soup made with sheep bones (I think) and flavoured with onions and hot chillies (to taste!)

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10 thoughts on “Peru – Month’s Mind

    • Mass takes the same amount of time as at home, and so do the Sunday Liturgies without the priest, but then people spend a long time chatting after mass.
      Yes, lots of people go to communion and are very respectful. However, you don’t make your first communion until you are 9 years old or more and Confirmation follows when you are 14 years old or more.

  1. Dear Mr Sudlow,
    Are church’s in Peru big or small? In church’s do you have a priest? If they have a priest in Peru,what is the colour of the robe? Do the priest’s wear robes if they have priest’s? What do the church’s look like? I heard that you said the weather is cloudy. Is it still cloudy? The weather is normal in England,Northampton.

    From Cathy and Joe

    • Most of the churches I have been to are quite small, about the size of St Edward’s in Shennley.
      In the parish I am staying there are twelve churches and just two priests, so most of the church services are run by the people, without the priest, but the priest helps them prepare the service. On Monday evening I joined one group as they prepared the Sunday Liturgy. They read through the readings and discussed what they meant to them, what they told them about how they should live their lives. They discussed which parts of the Gospel meant the most to them, the key phrases. They then looked at where the readings fitted into the whole of the Bible. After this they prepared who was going to read the scriptures and who would give the sermon and who would be responsible for distributing communion.
      At the church where mass is said, and every church has mass twice per month, the priest wears vestments the same as in England.
      The churches here are still quite simply, with very plain walls, but they have veru ornate shrines.
      The weather in Lima, I am told, is nearly always cloudy. When it’s not cloudy, it’s foggy. Sometimes it feels like it’s raining and the streets do get wet, but it’s more like a heavy mist. You would not need to turn the wippers on in your car unless you were driving very fast!

    • The churches are very simple, but with very ornate shrines. There are posters on the walls from the catechism classes and the people like to sing.
      I do like the food here, especially the fruits.

  2. What are your frends called? whatb is the mass like there? the food looks beautiful,what is your faviouret food?

    • I have not had the chance to do much shopping, but today I saw a facinating shop on the back of a bicycle which was like the travelling shops in England. This one speciallised in fruit and vegetables. It would spend about one hour on a particular street corner before travellin round to some other place.
      All the cars here have to cope with very rough roads, so any car tha has good suspension would be good here. Sadly for most of them the suspension is already in bad shape.
      Many people use mobiles phones and lots of houses have no house phone at all. Otherwise phones are much the same as in England. But you should note that many houses don’t have electricity, so charging your phone can be difficult!

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