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Weekly liturgical helps in Spanish one of most popular web resources

Ayudas Litúrgicas supports those working in Hispanic/Latino ministry

July 20, 2011

Marissa Galvan-Valle in vestments holding a chalice

Marissa Galvan-Valle

Associate Marissa Galvan-Valle of Resources and Relationships in Theology, Worship and Education says she was “ecstatically happy” when she heard the news that Ayudas Litúrgicas – weekly liturgical helps in Spanish – is one of the most popular resources on the General Assembly Mission Council website. “It was so nice seeing Spanish-language words on that list,” says Galvan-Valle. “When I started doing this work I was sending these resources to a specific list, and the liturgical helps were not on the website. It makes me feel like we are contributing to the whole church.”

From the beginning of her work Galvan-Valle saw that people from churches in Mexico, Venezuela and Spain were using the materials she was producing, and asking to be added to her list. “The amazing thing now is that if people from around the world come to our website and look for liturgical helps in Spanish, they can find them,” she says. “It is a great honor for me to see this.”   At this point, Galvan-Valle doesn’t know if Spanish speakers are the only ones using these liturgical resources, since they are bilingual. But she does know that not all Spanish-speaking churches use the lectionary. So she tries to provide a standard version of our liturgy with as many resources as possible. “Maybe they won’t use the confession, but they’ll learn a song, or see an image that will spark their imagination.”

Galvan-Valle produces a weekly email, Recursos y relaciones, that provides a link to Spanish- and English-language liturgical helps, as well as other information about resources and news of interest to those who work with Hispanic/Latino ministry. “I know from my parish experience these liturgical resources can serve as an educational component to reinforce the preaching and teaching of the Word of God,” she says. “It makes my heart smile when pastoral leadership of our congregations say ‘I receive your communication, thank you.’ It is a blessing for me to support them in their efforts to reach the Latino people with the gospel.”

  1. Without Ayudas Litúrgicas is one of the best resources for English and Spanish congregations. Since I serve a multicultural church, it helps me to have a better focus, and also save time without losing our Latino ingredient/flavor. Thank you Marissa for your work! Many Blessings

    by Jeniffer Rodríguez

    July 1, 2014

  2. The Ayudas Liturgicas are a wonderful resource for those of us who are not clergy but are preaching in Spanish. They make putting the order of worship together much easier and the music from our Spanish Hymnal is wonderful!! THANK YOU!!!

    by Estela Sifuentes

    September 30, 2013

  3. Dios te bendice, Marisa. Te saluda: Sandra, la Seminarista, que nos cieramos en la charla de las 1001 Comunidades.Me gustaría estar inscrita en la página de las liturgías y lecturas de cada semana. Gracias, espero podernos encontraren otra actividad.

    by Sandra Gonzalez -Miaralli

    May 26, 2013

  4. No hemos recibido las ayudas para noviembre y estuvimos de vacación en octubre y no bajamos las ayudas en ese mes - quizás por eso nos quitaron de la lista de aquellos/as que reciben estas valorosas ayudas. Por favor, sigan enviándolas.

    by Roberto Delgado y Zaida Castro

    November 14, 2012

  5. All Glory to God! Blessings for Marissa! As spanish speaking congregations in the PCUSA we feel included.

    by Sandra Rosado

    August 27, 2011

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