"Olé, hermano mio! Que Olé! Yo Vengo hacer Caridad, I have come to perform Charity, You have the cuadro de los Gitanos, you have the frame of the gypsies with you,Alavado sea el Señor! It is part of your ancestry, as I see Gypsy blood flows through your veins. I will be by your side always hermano mio, and in the coming years I will give you three pruebas as the three nails that pierced our Lords flesh. These pruebas will test your worthiness and faith."
For many years afterwards I became obsessed with everything Gypsy, the lore, legends, music and culture. Mainly the Spanish Gitanos, and Flamenco music and dance of Andalucia and Sevilla Spain. I purchased every Gipsy Kings, Carmen Amaiya, (Queen of the Gipsies) and Sabicas cd I Could get my hands on.
Later on that year a Spanish soap opera was televised titled, Yesenia, about a Gypsi. Could this be a sign, I remember wondering. Soon afterwards my first child was born, and I named her Yesenia after the Gypsi that came to me during that Fiesta Espiritual. (I also in the years to come did face the three pruebas, the last one to be the strongest and almost completely destroying and breaking my faith. But with the Grace of God, I passed them and came through.
A gypsi by the name of Renzo was approached by a Roman Centurion and ordered to forge twelve large nails, three of them were to be sharper then the others. This being Renzo's art and having no reason in questioning the Roman Centurion, proceeded with his labor. As Renzo was forging the twelve nails, outside his hut he overheard the Roman Centurion laughing as he told a soldier that the nails were to be used to fix Christ and the robbers to their crosses. One for each hand, one to nail the feet to the cross and the fourth, the sharpest to be plunged into the sides of the victims to cause them more torture.
Stricken with great remorse and guilt for being responsible for the commission of an
act of great offense. Renzo handed his son the three sharpest nails, and ordered him to run to a secluded area in the hills and bury the nails. The son ran to the Mount of Olives and buried them deep into the earth.
When the Centurion came to collect the 12 nails, Renzo begged mercy for he only had time to forge nine nails of the twelve and did not have time to forge the three sharpest nails.
Infuriated the Centurion took the nails and did not pay Renzo. The Romans where forced to make do with what they had in securing Christ and the other two victims with the nine nails. With the forth one being absent this would save the three victims of further torture and pain.
Renzo knelt and prayed God for mercy, and sent his son to the Mount of Calvary, there he was to kneel at the foot of the cross of Christ and beg mercy. The son being an obedient son did as he was told. At the foot of the cross, Renzo's son was the first to make the sign of the cross, Jesus at this moment blessed him and his kinfolk, and excused them of committing the sin of thievery and lies.
When Jesus died, the rumours spread that it had been a gypsi who had forged the nails, this created an angry mod. They went into the gypsi camp and drove Renzo and his kinfolk out of their land.
Till recently gypsies became known as the wondering race, doomed to be unable to settle in a land until the three missing nails are found thus finally ending their wandering existence.
There are many variations of the legend from gypsi clan to clan. In one version a Gypsi woman, hand-maiden of one of the Three Marys by the name of Sara Kali, or Kalimah; stole a bag of nails from the Roman soldiers in the hopes of lessening the pain of the victims. Thus becoming the Patron Saint of the Gypsies. While in another tail it is a couple of young gyspie children who steel one of the bags of nails.
Most of my offerings to my gypsies are stolen flowers, or nails I find on a road or railroad track, or constructor sight. I never go into a store and steel flowers, I take them from public gardens, but always leaving a derecho of coins as a sign of respect.
" FLORES PA TU ALTAR, ANQUE ME LAS TENGA QUE ROBAR!"
Me persigno con los tres clavos y me abrazo de la cruz, Cruz Santa, Cruz Digna, Cruz Divina.
Yo te alabo y te bendigo por el Señor que murió en ti. no dejes llegar cosas malas junto de mi.
Que la Cruz y la Corona vayan siempre delante de mi, y muevan los corazones que estén en contra de mi.
Cristo vive, Cristo reina, Cristo de todos mis enemigos me defienda.
El Padre me libre, el Hijo me guarde y el Espíritu Santo por nosotros hable.
Ave María Purísima, sin pecado concebida. Alabado sea el Santísimo Sacramento del Altar
I CROSS MYSELF WITH THREE NAILS AND EMBRACE THE CROSS.
+ HOLY CROSS
+ DIGNIFIED CROSS
+ DIVINE CROSS.
I PRAISE THE LORD WHO DIED FOR MY SINS. KEEP EVIL AND WICKEDNESS AWAY FROM MY PATH.
MAY THE HOLY CROSS AND SACRED CROWN BE BEFORE ME, AND PACIFY THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST ME.
CHRIST LIVES. CHRIST REIGNS.
CHRIST DEFEND ME FROM ALL HARM.
MAY THE FATHER LIBERATE ME.
MAY THE SON GUARD ME.
MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT ON MY BEHALF INTERCEDE.
HAIL MARY FULL OF GRACE. YOU WHO HAVE CONCEIVED WITHOUT ORIGINAL SIN.
PRAISE BE THE HOLY SACRAMENT.
- Blue Candle
- Olive Oil
- 1 Loadstone
- Loadstone food
- Three Nails.
- A white cloth bag
- Blue string
- Incense charcoal
- Incense, sandalwood
- Three stick matches.
- Holy Water
On your altar take the candle and oil the base with a drop of olive oil. Light the candle with the 3 matches. Then with the lit candle light the incense charcoal and place it on a safe base. Sprinkle the coal with the incense. Let it smoke. Take the white bag and pass it carefully above the fire of the candle and the smoke of the incense and then cross yourself with it. Place the bag in front of you. Take the three nails and add oil to each nail, and sprinkle with holy water, then place in bag. Do the same with the loadstone and place in bag, then sprinkle into the bag loadstone food. Then tie the bag shut with the blue string, making three tight knots, And pass through the flame and smoke, and anoint it with oil and holy water. Make the sign of the cross and carry with you for protection or keep in your car for safe travel, or hung behind the door to your home.
Los tres clavos y la cruz vayan delante de Jesucristo. Respondan y hablen por mi, y ablanden los corazones de los que sufren en contra mía. AMEN.
MAY THE THREE NAILS OF CHRIST GO BEFORE ME, BEHIND ME, AND ALL AROUND ME. MAY YOU PACIFY THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO WILL ME ILL. AMEN
Opacha! Opacha! Mi Sagrada Santa. Señora Sara Kali. Madre y Reina de todas las tribus gitanas de esta Tierra o de allá del túmulo. Madre de todos los gitanos y protectora de los carruajes gitanos. Rezo evocando tu poder, mi poderosa Sta. Sara Kali, para que ablandes mi corazón y saques las angustias que se depositaran a mis pies. Santa Sara ayúdeme. Abra mis caminos para la fe en tu poder milagrosos. Venciste el mal, todas las tempestades y caminaste por las carreteras que Jesús Cristo camino. Madre de los misterios gitanos que da fuerza a todos los gitanos en el don de la magia, fortaléceme ahora, siendo yo gitano o no gitano, bondadosa Santa Sara, ablande los leones que rugen para devorarme.
Santa Sara, ahuyenta las almas perversas para que no me puedan ver. Ilumina mi tristeza para la felicidad llegar, Reina. Atravesaste las aguas de los ríos y del mar por encima de ellas y no hundiste yo evoco tu poder para que yo no me hunda en el océano de la vida. Santa Sara, soy pecador, triste, sufrido y amargado. Tráeme fuerza y coraje, como las del Pueblo gitano tus protegidos, Madre, Señora y Reina de las fiestas gitanas. Nada se puede hacer en una Tienda Gitana sin primero evocar tu nombre, y yo evoco por mi pedido Santa Sara Kali. Tocan los violines, caen las monedas, danzan las gitanas descalzas en vuelta de la hoguera, viene el olor fuerte de los perfumes gitanos, las palmas batiendo, lavando al Pueblo de Santa Sara Kali.
Que el Pueblo gitano me traiga riquezas, paz, amor y victorias. Ahora y siempre loare tu nombre Santa Sara Kali y todo el Pueblo gitano. Opacha, opacha, Olé con Olé Madre Santa Sara Kali.
My Sacred Saint our Lady Sara Kali. Mother and Queen of all the Gypsy tribes of this earth. You who protect the caravans of your people. I invvoke your sublime powers my powerful Santa Sara Kali, to soften my heart and remove the anguish at my feet.
In future blogs I will be blogging more on the major Courts and commissions of Spirits venerated in Puerto Rican Sanse, Santerismo and espiritismo, to read more on each commissions, read. The 21 Commissions of Puerto Rican Espiritismo in this blog.