Haitian Independence Day Celebration, January 1st, 2015

January 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Director's Blog, Haiti

On New Years Day, January 1st, 2015, Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for the Haitian Community, as they celebrated their home country’s Independence Day. The Cathedral was almost entirely full, and many Haitian priests and deacons participated in this special celebration.

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This special Mass was celebrated in Creole, and the homily, by Cardinal Sean, was given in French. To watch a video of Cardinal Sean’s homily, please Click Here.

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At the end  of the Mass, everyone joined in singing  Te Deum, a thanksgiving hymn. Singing this hymn on New Year’s is a tradition celebrated in Europe and Latin America. Prior to the final procession, the Consul General of Haiti in Boston, Marjorie Alexandre Brunache, shared some words with the people.

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Marjorie Alexandre Branuche, Consul General of Haiti in Boston, MA.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley requested special prayers for Haiti and all its people, as they prepared for the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Unfortunately he will not be able to attend the conference of the subject called upon by the Holy Father; however, Bishop Sanserique, the only Haitian Bishop in the United States, will be representing Cardinal Sean in Rome.

 

The Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity would like to congratulate the Haitians for their independence and offer our prayers for Haiti for the 5th anniversary of the earthquake.

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