Friday, August 15, 2008


I am getting ready for a Quinceañera service, actually the rehearsal, the service is tomorrow. If you are like me, you probably have no idea what a Quinceañera service is or why you would do one.

It is a Hispanic celebration, celebrating the 15th birthday of a girl. The tradition started out pretty simply, but like so many traditions today, it has taken on a life of it's own. Trying to find out anything about this service was difficult with Wikepedia and the Roman Catholic Church being the best sources. Believe it or not, there is actually a Quinceañera prayer in the United Methodist book of worship.

As I get ready for the rehearsal I keep wondering why I said yes. The family does not belong to the church, however they have attended in the past, and I presided over the marriage of an aunt a few years ago. IF I had thought about it, I would have said NO, because that wedding was almost an hour late getting started as the bride seemed to have her own personal clock that we were operating on (or maybe it was a cultural clock?)

Oh well, too late to second guess myself at this point. It is what it is, and it will be an interesting experience I am sure


Anonymous said...

Steve, I attended a quinceanera for one of my former students about fifteen years ago. It's a beautiful ceremony resembling confirmation or a bar/bat mitzvah. Keep an open mind - I think you'll enjoy it! Just be glad you won't have to throw one for your three girls - the money spent is scandalous! Diane

Steve Conger said...

I think the money spent is my biggest complaint. The service is real cool, but it requires a great deal of effort on the part of the family. This is going to be pretty simple.

Anonymous said...

How did the quinceanera ceremony go? Did/or do you have a liturgy for the ceremony? I found the blessing in the Methodist Worship (#534), but nothing further. All the quinceaneras I have attended were in a Catholic church, and yes, the expense was substantial.