The parish priest of Priscos, Tadim and Guisande, parishes in the municipality of Braga, is appealing to parishioners to, on the day of All Saints and Day of the Dead, given the restrictions in cemeteries, that they take a photo for the celebration of masses of your deceased loved ones. The portraits will be placed on the altar and will remain in the church until the end of the month.
Speaking to O MINHO, parish priest João Torres explains how the idea for this campaign called ‘The lack that a face makes us’ came about: “People need a place that reminds them of someone who is still inside them, but who is already left. And they usually go to the cemetery on All Saints’ Day and Faithful Dead. The idea of this campaign that I launched is for people to take a portrait of a deceased relative to the place where we are going to celebrate the Eucharist and, in a way, not being in the cemetery, I could remember his deceased in a religious space ”.
The eucharists in Tadim and Priscos are being held in pavilions and in Guisande in a giant tent.
“People take the portrait of their relative, give it to a person from the reception team and these pictures are all at the foot of the altar. It is a way for the person during that liturgical time to remember their relative, avoiding going to the cemetery ”, says the priest, stressing that this way people“ are complying with the rules of the DGS, they are not crowded as in the cemetery and may be with family also”.
At the end of the Mass, the photos will be taken to the respective church where they will remain during the month of November, which for Catholics is the “month of souls”.
João Torres highlights another point that seems important to him: “Let us remind others of those who were already part of our family and our land. It helps people not to lose their collective memory ”.
“These faces that pass through this life have taught us something, faced the difficulties of life and it is also important in these times that we live difficult to realize that, perhaps, the grandfather, the grandmother, the uncle have already lived more difficult times and managed to overcome them. We also need this ”, adds João Torres, considering that the feedback of parishioners has been “very good”.
“Now let’s see if they have the courage to take the portrait. Because I think that, in a way, we may think that this initiative is a kind of deadly and depressing evocation, but it is not, it is precisely the opposite, it is a true testimony of faith in the resurrection and eternal life that we celebrate on All Day. Saints and Faithful Dead ”.
evading the animated film ‘Coco’, inspired by the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead, the priest concludes: “Putting the portrait of someone we love is making him live again in our bosom”.