Garifuna Catholic Organization, Genesis Inter-Community Group Inc To Host Rogation Day of Prayer for the Garifuna Nation on SATURDAY, December 13th 2014 in the BRONX

 

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Bronx, New York — Garifuna Catholic Organization, Genesis Inter-Community Group Inc will host a Day of Rogation (Prayer and Fasting) for the Garifuna Diaspora as represented in the United States and abroad on SATURDAY, December 13th 2014 in the Bronx.

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

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

Rogation days are days of prayer and fasting in Western Christianity. They are observed with processions and the Litany of the Saints. 1

This spiritual event will take place at:

ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA CHURCH
832 EAST 166 STREET
BRONX, NEW YORK 10456

TIME: 6pm to 8pm

TRANSPORTATION: BUS # BX-17 TO EAST 166 STREET AND PROSPECT AVENUE.

2 or 5 Train to Prospect Avenue Subway Stop in the Bronx

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 347-435-6047 or  646-573-6385 .

ABOUT The Garifuna People


The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men, 1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   2

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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Garifuna Catholic Organization, Genesis Inter-Community Croup Inc to Host Day of Rogation (Prayer, Fasting) on SATURDAY, December 13th 2014 in the Bronx.

Garifuna Catholic Organization, Genesis Inter-Community Croup Inc to Host Day of Rogation (Prayer, Fasting) on SATURDAY, December 13th 2014 in the Bronx.

Notes:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogation_days
  2. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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