Ironbound Labor Day Festivites began with The Feast of the Divine Holy Spirit parade Azores

BY lyanne


Sunday, In the Ironbound community and prior to the Brazil Celebration Party, A precession of devote “Irmandades do Divino Espírito Santo, in English:Translation means the Brotherhoods of the Divine Holy Spirit, was first noted in the 16th century.  The cult of the Holy Spirit (Portuguese: Culto do Divino Espírito Santo), also known as the cult of the Empire of the Holy Spirit (Culto do Império do Divino Espírito Santo), is a religious sub-culture, inspired by Christian millenarian mystics, associated with Azorean Catholic identity, consisting of iconography, architecture, and religious practices that have continued in many communities of the archipelago as well as the broader Portuguese diaspora. Beyond the Azores, the Cult of the Holy Spirit is alive in parts of Brazil (where it was established three centuries ago) and pockets of Portuguese settlers in North America. The cult of the Holy Spirit involves traditional rituals and religious celebrations of these faith communities. feast day

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The Autonomous Region of Azores under Portuguese influence is a group of 9 major islands and 8 islets called formigas located about 930 miles (1500 km) from Lisbon and 2422 miles (3900 km) from the east coast of the United States. An autonomous region of Portugal is defined as having its own government and political and administrative statutes.  These acts of faith were heavily influenced by Franciscan spiritualists, who were members of the first religious order that colonized the Azores, and brought with them traditions that were being extinguished on the mainland by Catholic Church orthodoxy.

Spiritual tenets
Generally, there are several prescribed tenets that organize this religious movement, that were derived from Joachimite dogma:

Hope — the faithful seek the fulfillment of religious dogma that assumes a period of human spiritual development and brotherhood, and in which the Holy Spirit is the fountain of knowledge and order;

Faith in the Divine  — that the Holy Spirit is present in all places, it knows all and sees all, and the faithful recognize that there are no secrets from the Holy Spirit. Offenses are severely punitive; and holy vows/promises to God should be kept.

Egalitarianism — all brothers are equal, and all can be leaders, and all may be crowned in their ritualized functions as the emperor, receiving equal respect and obedience when invested with this authority: it is the practical application of the Joachimite principles.

Solidarity and Charity — in the distribution of meat, soup and milk traditionally, to the poor are privileged recipients who equally take part in the celebrations, while all offenses are pardoned in order to receive the Holy Spirit.
Autonomy from the Church-  the cult of the Holy Spirit is not dependent on the formal organization of the Church, nor are the clergy needed to participate in the practices; there are no intermediaries between the devotees and the Divine. Over time, in practice, this tenant of Joachmite spirituality has become more obscure, as the Church plays a role in blessing the events (through processions to the local church and masses held auspiciously for the feast).

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The procession travel ed along Ferry Street and ended at Our Lady of Fatima, Church located on, 82 Congress St the festive event continued throughout the afternoon.

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