San Pedro Catholic Church

A bit of this, a little of that and then some . . . . ice cream

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Easter Sunday morning, just as the sun is starting to arise on Ambergris Caye.
Easter Sunday morning, just as the sun is starting to rise on Ambergris Caye.

Rose was pretty adamant on Easter morning: There will be no taking of photos during Mass.

That is why you will not see pictures of the 12 burly men of San Pedro dressed as the Apostles, or the little girls of the choir in their white gowns and heels, or the many devout abuelas.  Read the rest of this entry »

On Good Friday, a pre-dawn walk through San Pedro with a cross to bear

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It is nearly 4 a.m. on Friday -- Good Friday -- and the cross that will be carried through the streets of San Pedro Town for the Stations of the Cross rests just inside the entrance to the Roman Catholic Church.
It is nearly 4 a.m. on Friday — Good Friday — and the cross that will be carried through the streets of San Pedro Town for the Stations of the Cross rests just inside the entrance to the Roman Catholic Church.

 

A Station of the Cross on the streets of San Pedro, Belize on Good Friday.
A Station of the Cross on the streets of San Pedro, Belize on Good Friday.

On this, the busiest weekend of the season on Ambergris Caye, the bars stopped serving liquor at midnight. The stores stopped selling liquor, too. If you didn’t have it on hand by midnight you won’t be able to buy a drink for the next 24 hours.

In fact, most everything is closed today. Employees who work must be paid as much as triple-pay.

It is Good Friday and this island of mostly Catholic residents takes this day very seriously.

It is a day for reflection, devotion, prayer and family.

Which is why at 3:30 a.m. I am bicycling through dark and deserted San Pedro streets to the Roman Catholic Church.

At 4 a.m. the congregation leaves the church confines and traces the path of Christ’s final day in mortal form through the Stations of the Cross.

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