Masses, processions and baroque art keep the feast of Santa Luzia alive – Gerais

Together with spirituality, the feast of Santa Luzia shows the culture of the city (photo: Gustavo Werneck/EM/DA press)

The tradition is kept ever more alive: procession through the colonial streets, music band to salute the patron saint, songs of praise sung by men and women and the faith of the people taking care of all spaces. The three hundredth anniversary of Santa Luzia, in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte, celebrated its jubilee, this Tuesday (12/13), with masses and the traditional luminous procession, which left, at 7 pm, from the Archdiocesan Sanctuary of Santa Luzia, in the Historic Center of City. The procession with the image started two hours late due to heavy rain in the late afternoon.

Ten minutes after the procession left, it began to rain heavily in the Historic Centre, forcing a shorter journey to the sanctuary. The crowd of faithful, however, continued the walk with umbrellas and disposable capes. “Long live the rain! Long live Santa Luzia!”, the devotees shouted. At the Rosário Church, on Rua Direita, there was a firework. The procession ended at the sanctuary, to much applause.

At the head of the procession was the parish priest and rector of the sanctuary, Father Felipe Lemos de Queirs, who, since November 4, has been in charge of pilgrimages with the image of Santa Luzia to the parishes, passing through the thirteenth, and in recent days, the visitation of pilgrims and rites in the baroque church, located in Praça da Matriz. In addition to the religious celebration, this year the festival will feature a food court with concerts. The jubilee commission is chaired by Sandra Lcia Leal and Jander Rodrigues.

Protector of the eyes and vision, Santa Luzia has a legion of devotees in the city and attracts people with eye problems to visit – some, asking for graces or giving thanks for the blessings achieved. Coming from the interior of Minas, a man told the State of Minas who arrived in the city guided by faith.

“I was blind in both eyes in a motorcycle accident. Fortunately, I had the help of friends here in Santa Luzia, who contributed and paid for my trip to Belo Horizonte for the surgery. I am grateful to the doctors, but I also came to church to ask Santa Luzia for my health. I’ve already had both operations, and I can already see 100% in one eye. Now, I wait for the other one to recover, to return to normal life”, said the rural worker.

For next Saturday (17th), a serenade is scheduled in honor of the patron saint Santa Luzia, leaving the Chapel of Bonfim towards the sanctuary. On the 18th, called “Sunday of Gratitude”, there will be Masses in the sanctuary at 7am, 9am, 11am, 3pm, 5pm, ending at 7.30pm with the Country Mass of Gratitude.

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Mass at the Archdiocesan Sanctuary of Santa Luzia, in the Historic Center of the city (photo: Gustavo Werneck/EM/DA press)

CULTURE

Along with spirituality, the feast of Santa Luzia shows the city’s culture, and a good reference occurred in the early hours of Monday, with a novelty in the voice of the members of the Angelic Choir. Created 70 years ago, the group of male and female singers always performs accompanied by the century-old Orquestra Sacra.

Facing the conductor of the choir, Kssio Mendes, the “Credo” was presented, belonging to “Missa de José Maria Lopes”, which had not been heard of in the city for over 60 years. The “Mass”, complete, composed of the works “Kyrie”, “Gloria”, “Credo”, “Sanctus “Benedictus” and “Agnus Dei”.

“We don’t know why the ‘Credo’ was removed, but we recovered the music for the opening of Saint Luzia’s Day”, said the conductor. The discovery took place in the Coro Anglico archive, when Kssio found a transcription made by a musician from Luzi, handwritten and dated from the mid-1960s, of the original score, possibly from the 18th century.

After verifying that the “Credo” was part of the “Mass”, the maestro revised the piece, transferred the notes to the computer and started rehearsing with the Angelic Choir, at the beginning of the semester.” The “Missa” was part of the collection of the maestro Francisco Julio da Silva (1897-1978), who was conductor of the Coro Anglico.

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