Cinco de Mayo, 5th of May in Spanish, is a celebration drawing from Mexican activities, including some of their food, music, symbols, and art such as of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The decorations of standup holy pictures of Our Lady of Guadalupe, paper flowers, and a magnificent and creative garland were gifts from St. John’s Parish in Grand Marais and Marce Wood, former lay associate at the Monastery. Some of the children in the Religious Education Program made a colorful and sturdy piñata for us. After the challenge of breaking it open was met, there was found wrapped candy and rolled up Scripture quotes for each Sister. Indeed, treats for the body and soul!
Our kitchen outdid themselves with special foods and beverages. There was authentic Mexican music in the background (via a CD), and the table napkins portrayed the colors of the Mexican flag. It was a special time of celebration! The following is the opening meal prayer:
Loving God, we thank you for all good gifts and blessings coming from your hand and
the cultures of many. We give thanks for our food, drink, and this celebration. May our
Lady of Guadalupe intercede for us and all in our world who have so much less than we do.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.