Sep 3, 2019
This past Saturday we had a wonderful celebration Mass here at Assumption.: A Quinceanera. For those of you not familiar with this, the word is a combination of the Spanish words quince "fifteen" and años "years"…referring to a girl's 15th birthday celebration/party.
In many countries in Latin America, it is customary to celebrate a girl's fifteenth birthday party in a very lavish manner. This celebration traditionally marks a girl's coming of age and afterwards she is considered a mature person who is ready to assume family and social responsibilities.
A quinceañera celebration usually begins with a mass in church (Misa de Accion de Gracias or "thanksgiving mass") to give thanks for the girl making the transition to a young woman. The girl wears a full-length ball gown in the color of her choice and carries a matching bouquet and there is a “Royal Court” of young men and women her age to support her (for this occasion they were wonderfully dressed 4 young men, 4 young women.) Following the mass, the guests repair to a banquet hall where the party will take place.
I especially appreciate how the celebration began where all celebrations must…giving thanks to God in the most powerful and most grateful way of all…the celebration of Mass. How can we ever fail to give thanks to God for the precious gift of life, of love, of family, of friendship, of faith that makes life so worth living and so super abundantly meaningful with every breath we take?
What an honor to preside over this celebration and I likewise encourage all families to embrace such wonderful, beautiful, festive and fun traditions rooted as all things must be in a love of and appreciation for God who provides all good things.