Garifuna Mass In Honor of Patroness Saint of Honduras, VIRGIN OF SUYAPA, To Take Place on SUNDAY February 2nd 2014 in the Bronx

Prometra Garifuna Society Choir in 2011.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Prometra Garifuna Society Choir in 2011. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

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Bronx, New York — The Prometra Garifuna Society Inc will be hosting the Garifuna Mass in Honor of the Patroness of Honduras, The Virgin of Suyapa at The St. Martin of Tours Church in the Bronx on Sunday, February 2nd 2014 at 2pm.

St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

According to Wikipedia, The Virgin of Suyapa is a statue of the Virgin Mary miraculously found in Honduras in the 1700s.   The Statue, also known as Our Lady of Suyapa is the most popular religious image in Honduras.

Inside St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Inside St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

The Statue is guarded carefully in Suyapa, which is a suburb of the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa.  February 3rd is the commemoration of the day the statue was found.  Thousands of Central Americans make a pilgrimage to visit the statue on February 3rd.

Members of The Prometra Garifuna Society Choir in 2012.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Members of The Prometra Garifuna Society Choir in 2012. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

This Mass in Honor of The Virgin of Suyapa will be held in Garifuna, Spanish and English.   The Mass is scheduled to begin at Two in the afternoon.

St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church
664 Grote Street (at E. 182nd Street)
Bronx, New York 10457

Subway: D Train to 182-183 Street Subway Stop

Bus: BX 17 to  Crotona Ave E. 182nd Street

BX 12/BX 36 to Grote Street/Belmont Avenue

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Virgin of Suyapa Mass in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Virgin of Suyapa Mass in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

According to wikipedia, patron saints are, “saints regarded in some Christian denominations  as a deity or spirit that acts as a protector and as a heavenly advocate of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, clan, family, or person. Patron saints, having already transcended to the metaphysical, are believed to be able to intercede effectively for the needs of their special charges. ”

Virgin of Suyapa Mass in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Virgin of Suyapa Mass in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

At the Virgin of Suyapa Mass in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

At the Virgin of Suyapa Mass in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

Exiting St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in the Bronx at the conclusion of the Virgin of Suyapa Mass in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Exiting St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in the Bronx at the conclusion of the Virgin of Suyapa Mass in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

The Prometra Garifuna Society Inc is an organization which originated in Travesia, Honduras but was brought to the New York City and officially established in the Bronx by Leslie Avila Reyes in 1986.  This organization has worked tirelessly to involve Garifuna youth and Garinagu in general with church activities.

Prometra Garifuna Society Choir in 2012.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Prometra Garifuna Society Choir in 2012. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Traditionally, there is a cultural affair that takes place immediately after the Virgin of Suyapa Garifuna Mass.  This Virgin of Suyapa Festival will take place at the gymnasium (a.k.a. Gymnasium of P.S. 051, Bronx New School) around the corner (on Crotona Avenue) from the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church.

Gymnasium (a.k.a. Gymnasium of P.S. 51  Bronx New School) of The St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Gymnasium (a.k.a. Gymnasium of P.S. 51 Bronx New School) of The St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Gymnasium (a.k.a. Gymnasium of P.S. 51  Bronx New School) of The St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Gymnasium (a.k.a. Gymnasium of P.S. 51 Bronx New School) of The St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna American Girls at the Virgin of Suyapa Festival in 2012.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna American Girls at the Virgin of Suyapa Festival in 2012. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Food and Drinks are served at this event and it usually features cultural presentations by local Garifuna talent.   This year will feature performances/cultural presentations by:

Rigo Lambert

Don Cuellar

Marcony Star

James Lovell

Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York

Steven “Young P” Martinez from GX Team

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Garifuna Singer, Dancer Felix Gamboa of the Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York (as well as the International Garifuna Band) performing at the Virgin of Suyapa Festival in 2012.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Singer, Dancer Felix Gamboa of the Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of New York (as well as the International Garifuna Band) performing at the Virgin of Suyapa Festival in 2012. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

 

Admission to the Virgin of Suyapa Festival is a suggested donation of $5.   All Christians are invited to this unique Mass and Post-Mass Festival.

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