Taste of Heaven
A community outreach program of Manantial de Gracia, presenting an alternative option for a diverse group of faith traditions to be in an environment of fellowship! Taste of Heaven Coffee House Ministry provide entertainment and refreshments at no cost (though donations are accepted)!
Annual Taste of Heaven’s Include:
- Thanksgiving Dinner. “With LOVE and GRATITUDE” we celebrate a communal Thanksgiving Dinner!
- Parranda Time. OK, so we all know what Christmas caroling, is right? Caroling is all about visiting our neighbors during the holiday season with music and good cheer, caroling usually starts December 1st and ends December 25th –Christmas morning, with Santa’s arrival. Part of our Church Culture is the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. Our celebrations start December 1st and do not stop on December 25th, instead they continue into the middle of January if you consider the ”octavas and octavitas”. The big Christmas celebrations are: December 24 – Nochebuena; December 25 – Navidad; December 31 – Despedida de Año; and the biggest and most important of all for the children, of course, el Día de los Reyes on January 6th. Just like Christmas caroling, parrandas are about FELLOWSHIP! A parranda is when a small group of friends gathers to “asaltar” or surprise another friend. Most parranderos play some sort of instrument: guitarras, tamboriles, güiro maracas, or palitos. And everybody sings. A parranda tends to be more secular than religious however many of the traditional aguinaldos (Puerto Rican Christmas songs) retain the holiday spirit.