Malaga Wanderings with the Gypsies

I’ve just recently concluded a wonderful trip full of ministry highlights and reflections that I will share with you over the next week or so with some video highlights of various aspects of the trip as well. I will start with the incredible serendipity that came across my path the last Sunday before returning to Seattle.

Gypsies Singing at a Baptism in Malaga, Spain, July 12th, 2009

I went to the church in Malaga, Spain where our friends and colleagues, Eugenio & Pia Restrepo, are currently serving. One of Eugenio’s ministries is to give leadership support and theological training to the leaders of this movement of gypsies. We found out at worship that they were having a special baptismal service in the Mediterranean later in the afternoon. Long story short, we were invited to participate and enjoy the afternoon with them. Below is a video I took of the choral group that sang throughout the ceremony for the baptism. They had beautiful, powerful voices that sang with deep pathos and feeling. More later…

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3 Comments

  1. Listening to that video surfaced a 45+ year memory in Massimo! He never could remember why he’s always liked gypsy music. When he heard that, he recalled that when he lived with his grandparents from 2-6 years old, his grandfather would listen to gypsy music from 9-9:30pm while Mass listened with his ear to the floorboards in the room above. He got such a grin on his face with that childhood memory from Italy! Thanks! 🙂

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    Thanks Ann for your comment. I’ve been kind of drawn to Gypsy music for some time. Something about the pathos that touches a nerve, a sense of God meeting the cry of the heart of a people on the margins of mainstream life and culture.

  3. the gypsy music kindof reminds me of something between african and indian music..i like it!

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