Império do Espírito Santo do Lameirinho

The Império do Espírito Santo do Lameirinho, is located in the parish of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, municipality of Angra do Heroísmo, located on Rua Doutor Aníbal Bettencourt, better known as Rua do Lameirinho.

This property was built in the 1st quarter of the last century, in 1923 and rebuilt, after the 1980 earthquake, which occurred on Terceira Island, in 1982.

The Império do Lameirinho celebrates the festivity of the Divine Holy Spirit on the second Sunday of August. Manuel Toste de Freitas was one of the founders of this brotherhood, which has an Administrative Board, a General Assembly and a Festivities Commission as its managing bodies.

The feast of this brotherhood begins with the removal of the crown from the emperor’s house to the empire, where the rosary is prayed at night by the brothers and other people who want to participate in this religious act, during the week. The festival program consists of initiatives of a religious and profane nature. The religious part remains unchanged every year, however the one referring to cultural initiatives is always dependent on the funds acquired for its realization. Thus, during the week, usually on Thursdays, there is a place for the traditional Pezinho, for the Creators’ Supper and, at night, for the Cantoria in the bandstand, which usually brings together several repentistas from Terceira island.

On Friday it was customary to kill cattle in the slaughterhouse. In the evening, the meat was shipped to the empire and, throughout the night, it was split so that, on Saturday, early in the morning, it could be distributed among the brothers who had contributed with some money or with their work. So, early in the morning, with the cracking of the rocket, the distribution of alms of meat, bread and wine began. On Sunday, the feast day par excellence, the procession leaves the empire accompanied by a philharmonic towards the Ermida do Desterro, where a solemn mass is celebrated for the intentions of the brothers present and for the souls of the deceased. On that same day, at night, the portfolios are removed and the Festivities Commission is appointed for the following year. The Board of Directors is appointed every five years by the General Assembly. The holding of a rope bullfight, on the 15th of August, closes the festivities of the Divine Holy Spirit promoted by Império do Lameirinho.


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