Devotion in Cuba to Saint Lazarus (+ Video)

By Irina Pino

 

HAVANA TIMES – Are you a believer? What is your religion? Don’t answer if you don’t want. To be a devotee of San Lazaro you just have to have faith, and that is demonstrated when you visit the El Rincon sanctuary to go and ask for health.  One makes a promise and then must pay for it. Many choose to travel the long journey with bare feet, others on their knees or dragging the body.

According to the New Testament, Lazarus is the brother of Martha and Mary. He lived on the outskirts of Jerusalem, in the town of Bethany. Jesus stayed at his house several times and revived him when he died. Hence the phrase: “Lazarus, get up and walk.” In the parable of the Gospel of Luke, it’s Lazarus, the poor man accompanied by dogs that lick his wounds. While, in the Yoruba religion it is Babalú Ayé.

The truth is that he is venerated by making sacrifices, praying to him and offering flowers and candles. On December 17th, it is customary to make a procession, in which people of all ages participate, from a baby to an old man. Even families go with their dogs. But you can visit the church any day, you just need your faith.

There is a fountain with holy water, the faithful wet their faces and hands, also fill bottles to take some of the liquid with them. It is a tradition to go with some purple garment, the color that identifies him.

I had never gone, I’d only seen documentary images. Seeing it live impacted me in some way. I did the eight-kilometer walk back and forth, filmed videos without a problem.

However, someone told me later that I needed permission from the Guardian Angel. I didn’t know that, but when I returned home I had an accident. As a result they sewed some stiches on my head and I have an injured knee. Luckily, I didn’t die. Now my body needs rest.

Has San Lazaro intervened, despite everything? I think so, and I owe him a promise.


Irina Pino

Irina Pino: I was born in the middle of shortages in those sixties that marked so many patterns in the world. Although I currently live in Miramar, I miss the city center with its cinemas and theaters, and the bohemian atmosphere of Old Havana, where I often go. Writing is the essential thing in my life, be it poetry, fiction or articles, a communion of ideas that identifies me. With my family and my friends, I get my share of happiness.

3 thoughts on “Devotion in Cuba to Saint Lazarus (+ Video)

  • Sweet Irina, Jesus has done the whole thing for us. I pray that you get to find out more of him.

  • As usual, Irina Pina’s article is a pleasant read. Get well quickly from your accident and Happy New Year, 2020.

  • Faith healing is as old as … . It works sometimes but our bodies breakdown too naturally. That’s inevitable, so ‘ roll with the punches.’

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