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Images from the Mary Magdalene Celebration 2023

I want to thank my friend Luis Rodriguez, LARO Photo, who took time from other commitments to support us during the celebration. He took the most beautiful photos! I hope you will enjoy them.

There are so many things I want to say and share about this year's Mary Magdalene Celebration.

But today, I will say it with pictures and a few words.

Welcoming the audience and reading the program-poem.

3pm: Art Reception and Mini Crafts Fair

Blossoming, for Mary Magdalene, hands on materials translated into new thoughts, and new beauty. Each expression, a truth.

4pm: Ceremony

Open your heart and listen in silence,

Corazón Tierra, a Heart on this Earth,

offers a gift of space within.

Hear the drum within this dance, and this silence,

Jorge will resonate, vibrate within us,

hands on the soul of the drum,

And the message of the Magdalene,

In You All Creation Blossoms,

María Mar Messenger,

Colorful blue and magenta words.

Hear the drum, and travel through Time,

Angie carries in her body a love letter from a woman,

To a man,

A spiritual love, a vessel of the goddess,

The feminine voice of God.

Hear the drum,

Yarisa speaks arcane words that decipher thoughts,

pouring inner depths, uniting hearts with the Earth.

Hear the drum,

Raquel sings past, present and future,

Each is a candle: a flaming spark of joy in our now tendered hearts.

Hear the drum: The Seventh Song, a last great dance!

A big Heart, and the very young ones,

All dance to the song and the drum.

If you join in this dance,

you will remember

your eternal joy.

(See the program in this link:

Maria Mar listens.

A full audience. We had a huge space, but there were at least 100 people.

Leticia Rodriguez, the director of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. Without her, this event would not have been possible.
Leticia Rodriguez, the director of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. Without her, this event would not have been possible.

Poet Papoleto, of the Nuyorican poets.

The ceremony space opens: Blossoming, a dance by Corazon Tierra

Maria Mar accompanied Corazon with sounds.

Me, Tanya Torres

Maria Mar reads her poem. Actions were performed by the audience.

Corazon demonstrated the actions that the audience would be performing.

Angie Flanagan's dance embodying Mary Magdalene was breathtaking. She was accompanied by the also breathtaking voice of Jill Pape Lemke.

Jill Pape Lemke

Drummer Jorge Vazquez and Poet Yarisa Colón

Getting ready to hear Raquel Z. Rivera on Zoom

Raquel, thanks to Zoom!

Corazon Tierra leads us into the final dance to La última salve by Raquel Z. Rivera.

My students were invited to perform in the last dance. Corazon taught them right before the ceremony,and they were ready!

The Final Dance: A Community Blossoms in the Magdalene's Joyful presence. All were invited to join in the dance.


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Tanya Torres  
Art for Love, Peace and Joy

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