Rorate Caeli

The "Axé" Mass

Father João de Campos Júnior, SDB, celebrates a "Missa Axé" ("Axé Mass") in the Parish of Santo Agostinho, Diocese of São Miguel Paulista, in Itaquera (São Paulo, Brazil). This celebration took place in early 2009.

The word "axé" (x pronounced as sh), according to our source, stems from a Yoruba religious greeting used in African-Brazilian pagan religions and means "soul", "light", or "spirit".

Source: Brazilian reader