Império do Espírito Santo dos Altares

The Brotherhood of the Divine Holy Spirit and the Holy Trinity of the parish of Altares, municipality of Angra do Heroísmo, is located in Patim.

The construction of his empire took place at the beginning of the last century, in the year 1903. The coronations begin on the so-called Easter Sunday and go until Trinity Sunday. The bodos are held on the days of Pentecost and Trinity.

The Irmandade do Divino Espírito Santo e da Trindade of the parish of Altares has as real estate assets the said empire and the pantry, which was built in 1960. The date of foundation of this Brotherhood is unknown, however there are records of the approval of its statutes by charter, dated 03/11/1885.

In the sixties of the last century, there was a division of commemorations of this cult and, consequently, of the people of the parish, on the occasion of the creation of the new statutes of the Brotherhood “given to be signed by the Lord Bishop D. Manuel Afonso de Carvalho”. The opinions of the inhabitants of this parish differed in favor and against the aforementioned document, which led to the formation of two different groups of opinions.

In favor of the opinion of the Diocesan Prelate were those nicknamed “Saiotes” led by the then parish priest Inocêncio Romeiro Enes. Those who opposed the new changes were called “Terrorists”.

This adverse environment led to the division of celebrations and facilities, and the “Terrorists” began to commemorate the cult of the Holy Spirit on the 1st Sunday of Bodo (Pentecost) and created a 3rd bodo, in the empire.

The “Saiotes” celebrated their party on the 2nd Sunday of Bodo, (Santíssima Trindade) in the place of Largo da Igreja and created a new philharmonic to brighten up their party.

After this division, in the seventies, the two brotherhoods merged, giving rise to the one that exists today in this parish.

As far as the feast of the Holy Spirit is concerned, the bodos are organized and carried out by the butlers appointed for each year and by the emperors (people who were lucky on Sundays).

On Saturdays and Sundays of the bodo, the crowns are taken in procession to the empire and remain there for the worship of the faithful.

On Saturday, alms are exposed, blessed and distributed, consisting of meat, bread and wine. This work is carried out by the commission of the empire.

On Sunday, the festivities begin with the procession from the emperor’s house to the parish church, where the festive mass and the coronation are celebrated, followed by the distribution of the bodo, bread and wine, by the people present, leaving the crowns exposed in the empire for veneration and reception of offerings in money or kind, by the faithful for payment of promises.

At the end of the afternoon, the emperor takes, in procession, to the empire foodstuffs that garnish the appetites of those present. The bodo commission also prepares its snacks. This is how they spend and experience the afternoons of the bodos, whose festival is enlivened by the parish’s philharmonic.

On the second bodo, Sunday of the Trinity, proceeds to the extraction of the pillars that dictate the emperors for the six Sundays of the Holy Spirit and the two bodos for the following year. Also, on this occasion the butler for the new year is appointed.


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