PORTLAND---An Azande Mass for members of Greater Portland’s Sudanese community will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.
The Mass will be celebrated in English and Azande and feature traditional music and dancing. More than 200 people, most of them members of the Sudanese community, gather in the Cathedral for the Easter Sunday Mass each year.
“Easter Sunday is very important for the Sudanese or African people to have their kids baptized,” said Deacon Michael Augustino, who was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Portland in 2017 after arriving in the U.S. as a refugee from Sudan in 2000. “In Sudan, in Africa, it must be 200 or 300 kids during Easter Mass because they have it in their minds that Jesus was raised on that day, so the kids will follow.”
The Azande community holds Sunday prayer services in the Cathedral chapel throughout the year.
A special Holy Week section is available on the Diocese of Portland website that includes Mass times at all Maine parishes, listings of parish events, daily prayers and reflections, and many other resources.