Translation work at the mission of La Anunciación, in Santa Elena, the newest mission in the Anglican Diocese of Belize, Central America. Photo copyright Fr. Shaw Mudge.
Answers to questions.
Why does the Province of the West Indies need a Spanish Prayer Book?
Some people have asked this question because they see Spanish Prayer Books already available at book stores.
The problem is that while there are Spanish Prayer Books available, there are no Spanish Prayer books available according to the rites of the Province of the Church in the West Indies, the rites used by Spanish speaking peoples in Belize and elsewhere in the Province.
As of March, the final-draft touches are being put on the Spanish translation, in time for advance review by the Archbishop of the Province and in time for the gathering of Bishops of the Province in June. The goal is to have the final work completed in time for the Provincial Synod in mid-November.
Who is doing the translation? SAMS missionaries (Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders).
The lion share of the 800 page translation work has been done by the Ven. John Park, who has an M.A. in Spanish and who served in Honduras for 18 years, 12 of them as Archdeacon of the Diocese of Honduras, and then, who served as Dean of the Anglican Cathedral in Lima.
I have translated the 115 page lectionary and was the person who thought to contact Fr. Park for this work, on behalf of the Secretary of Belize and of the Bishop of Belize.
Furthermore, Bishop Philip of Belize enlisted the invaluable editorial help of local clergy who would be using the Prayer Book, particularly Fr. Juan Peralta and the Rev. Olivia Vasquez (shown in the photo with Fr. Park). It is a wonderful team.
God bless you all, and thank you for your support,
Fr. Shaw, and on behalf of Mtr. Julie.
Examining Chaplain, Diocese of Belize
Please pray and continue to make checks out to: "SAMS". Put "Shaw and Julie Mudge" in the memo, to support what we are doing. Your continued support makes the work in Belize possible.
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