“New wine into new bottles”


"Ye Shall Know Me by My Fruits"

Who doesn’t know or hasn’t heard the magnificent musical “Fiddler On the Roof,” and basked in its marvelous, hand-clapping overture “TRADITIONS!?”  My heart dances to this masterpiece of musical genius! It captures the rhythm of life for this group of exiled people.

sait mercedes

The holidays naturally are a time in which family traditions are expressed and, displayed, shared with neighbors and friends whether it’s special foods, parties, and gifts. Grandma was a devout Catholic and, she had a set of altars for her favorite saints since I could remember. There was La Virgin Maria, La Santa Mercedes, La Virgin del Cobre [Cobre meaning copper-tone skin]; San Lazaro, San Pedro, Santa Barbara and, a few others but, the centerpiece was The Christ.  It was striking to watch how she’d respectfully dust of their tunics, meticulously clean their beautiful crowns  of pure gold glimmer, placing new candles on their stand and, how she’d keep her daily…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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