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The popular banquet (MCC Photo/Melissa Engle)

(MCC Photo/Melissa Engle)

The popular banquet

03/29/2012

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Running Time: 2:45

As Juan Pablo Morales, above, program coordinator for an MCC technical team in western Guatemala, urges communities to work together to improve their lives, songs and prayers are vital tools of encouragement. “God is the center of each one of our lives and the center of our organization,” Morales says. “God is using us as a way to encourage and model to others. The Gospel is the spinal column, and we’re the voice.” This song, "El Banquete Popular" or "The Popular Banquet," is commonly sung in this region of Guatemala. Read more about Morales, who is featured in a first person article in A Common Place magazine. Or read more about MCC's work in western Guatemala in the cover story in the Spring 2012 issue of A Common Place.

Lyrics:

El banquete ya está listo acerquémonos con fe,
nos invita el mismo Cristo a comer de su con qué,
que chula se ve la mesa con su blanco y gran mantel
y sobre ella el pan sabroso que nos ha de sustentar
con el vino delicioso todos vamos a brindar.

The banquet is ready, let us draw near with faith,
Christ himself invites us to eat,
of the table that looks wonderful with its big and white cloth,
and upon it the tasty bread that sustains us,
with delicious wine we all share.

Coro:
Hoy Señor tenemos hambre de trabajo, techo y pan,
danos ya tu cuerpo y sangre, danos paz y libertad.
Repetir

Chorus:
Today Lord we have hunger for work, shelter and bread,
give us your body and blood, give us peace and freedom.
Repeat

Al comer tu cuerpo y sangre, viva la comunidad
para seguir adelante cumpliendo tu voluntad,
al repartir entre todos los bienes de creación,
siendo ejemplo entre los lobos de justica y comunión
siendo ejemplo entre los lobos de la gran liberación.

Upon eating your body and blood, the community lives
and moves forward to carry out your will,
to share with everyone, the gifts of Creation,
being an example of justice and communion amongst the wolves
being an example of liberation amongst the wolves.

Coro:
Hoy Señor tenemos hambre de trabajo, techo y pan,
danos ya tu cuerpo y sangre, danos paz y libertad.
Repetir

Chorus:
Today Lord we have hunger for work, shelter and bread,
give us your body and blood, give us peace and freedom.
Repeat

Este gesto generoso te agradecemos Señor,
este misterio tan hermoso tu sacrificio de amor,
al darte como comida en el duro caminar,
ves tu pueblo tan hambriento que lucha por mejorar
sus condiciones de vida y poderse organizar.

We thank you Lord for this generous gesture,
this mystery so beautiful, your sacrifice of love,
to give yourself as food, in our hard journey,
you see your people so hungry that are fighting to improve
their conditions of life by working together and organizing.

Coro:
Hoy Señor tenemos hambre de trabajo, techo y pan,
danos ya tu cuerpo y sangre, danos paz y libertad.
Repetir

Chorus:
Today Lord we have hunger for work, shelter and bread,
give us your body and blood, give us peace and freedom.
Repeat