Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saugus Feast 2015

Hello Everyone Our Annual Imperio Mariense Feast of the Espirito Santo or (Saugus Portuguese Feast as many refer it to) will be held on July 4th & 5th 2015.

Here are just a few confirmed performers. Please come join us for our Mariense Traditional Feast that we have been doing in Saugus MA since 1927.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

O Nosso Proximo Jantar

                 Será realizado no dia 31 de Maio.
Our next dinner will be held on May 31st.
Esteremos  Servindo
We will be serving
Carne Alentejana
Camarao Mozambique.
Surf and Turf.

Viva Espirito Santo!!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Jantar Abril, 2014 Imperio Mariense De saugus

Here is a Slide from our Dinner in April of 2014 Enjoy!!! As Always everyone had a great time. If you missed, that's ok our next Dinner is on May 31 Please get your tickets before they sell out =)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Our Next Dinner

Hello everyone, our next dinner will be held April 26th Serving Chicharros and Roasted Chicken. 
All dinners will start at 6:00pm and tickets will be $35.00 per person, as everyone knows our dinners sell out pretty fast so please don’t hesitate and wait for the last moment to call to purchase your tickets.

Tickets will be sold by
Sra Beatriz @ 617-661-2529 or Walter Sousa @ 617-438-5888
Please call to purchase your tickets

Que o Espirito Santo lhe traga saude e paz, o resto agente corre atraz

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Feast Festa 2014

Our Feast will be held this year on July 5th and 6th 2014

Nossa festa será realizada este ano em 05 de Julho e 6 de 2014

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Friday, June 3, 2011

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Over 80 years of Memories of the Imperio Mariense of Saugus

Over 80 years of Memories of the Imperio Mariense of Saugus
by, Angelina (Andrade Chaves) Batista

I was 3 years old in 1927. Back then life was much different. There
were no cars, in our family, most people traveled by bus or trains. Our
family and friends use to get together on weekends. Whenever it was
hot in the city, we would make our lunches and take a bus or train to
the beaches or out to the country.
On July 4, 1927 we went out to the country, to Saugus Mass, to a farm that belonged to
the Moura family. The Camaras, who were friends of ours, lived on the Moura Farm
too. After we had lunch, everyone started to sing songs of the Espírito Santo, that
remind them of there little island of Santa Maria. It was one of the religious feasts that
brought happy memories and free food to everyone. There was singing and dancing.
The Espirito Santo was a very religious and wonderful time in their country. It meant
At that time there was no television and no cars. People worked and spent time with
family. They laughed and talked. I remember how happy we were when we would get
together. The idea of starting the Imperio came from my uncle Antonio. He suggested
that we do this every year around the 4th of July because that was the time they all had
The people I remember being at that first gathering are:
My Tio Antonio Andrade Chaves (the founder of Imperio Mariense de Saugus) his
wifeTia Maria and their sons Joe and Manny.
Tia Maria’s sisters (Herminia and Virginia) and brother Jose Coelho were there with
their spouses and children. Including Tio Pimenta (Antonio Figueiredo) Mamie, Rose
and Virginia, Antonio Sousa and Mamie and Alice Coelho
Tia Antonia
Tio Jose Andrade Chaves, Tia Filomena and their daughters Mamie and Rose
Tio Manuel Andrade Chaves, Tia Eliza and their children Charlie and Dorothy
Tia Maria Chaves Rose, Tio Antonio and their children Joe, Laura and Tony
Tia Maria Sousa, Tio Antonio and their sons Amos, Arthur and John
Joao Chaves, Tia Silvana and Mamie
Mr. Chaves (from Saugus) with his children Joe, Mable and Henry
Adeline Xavier and her mother
The Mouras
The Camaras and of course
My own parents Joao and Ana Chaves and my sister Mamie.
The next year each one made something - the sweet bread, Pao Leve and the Sopas
do Espirito Santo. Maria, Herminia and Virginia were the first Cosinheiras (cooks). They
worked at the Imperio all their lives. My uncle Antonio more than anybody else put his
heart and soul into that feast. From 1927 to 1933 they continued to meet at the Moura’s
farm. For the first 3 years, my Tio Antonio was the Imperador. The first folioes were
Jose Aurelia, Antonio Chaves from Hudson and Jose de Chaves. They were the first,
but there have been many including Antonio Ponte, Evaristo Chaves and Antonio F.
Chaves just to name a few.
In 1934, there was a piece of land for sale close to the Moura’s farm. My uncle had
some money of his own and tried to get contributions from the members, but nobody
had money at that time. This was during the Great Depression. However, Tia Antonia,
his mother-in-law, offered to give him what she had and the land was purchased. It was
agreed that if some day the Imperio had money to repay him it would- and if not it was
He set up by-laws that said as long someone wanted to have the crown the Imperio
would never end. If some day nobody was interested any more, the land should be sold
and the monies would go to the Island of Santa Maria to be distributed to the churches
of all five freguesias - Santo Espirito, Santa Barbara, Almagreira, Sao Pedro and Vila do
Porto. The by-laws also said that to be a member you had to be born in Santa Maria,
married to a Mariense or be a descendent of a Mariense.
We went through very difficult times for a few years. They could not do a public Imperio
during World War II because of food rationing. The Crown was in Peter Braga’s house
for five years. During that time, my parents went back to Santa Maria but my Tio
Antonio kept us informed with letters. I missed the Imperio from the age of 9 to 29, but
from 29 to 84 I have never missed one. The feast of Espirito Santo of Saugus is in my
blood and in my heart. It is my heritage.
This dedication and tradition continues in many of the original families. The Chaves, the
Bragas, the Sousa, the Andrades and others have fourth and fifth generation members.
They are born into the feast, participate year after year and carry the tradition in their
hearts. This shows how the faith continues from generation to generation. I hope it will
continue for generations to come.
Written by: Angelina (Andrade Chaves) Batista.
Story given by: Charles Bairos

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Imperio Mariense of Saugus

Imperio Mariense is for all Portuguese people or anyone who appreciates this organization and enjoys keeping the traditions of our rich heritage.In the archipelago of Azores, the famous Holidays of the Holy Spirit are celebrated every Sunday between April and June, and marked differences between the islands and the villages. The feasts of the Holy Spirit came from peninsular Portugal with the first colonists and they preserve the medieval origin in its popular slope and in the color of the ceremonies. What contribute to the worship stayed and remained here was that they Invoke the Holy Spirit every time that happened natural catastrophes that were punishing the archipelago, the reputation of its miracles, the difficult life and the isolation of the islands, while it was getting over in peninsular Portugal. The rituals are kept almost untouched. An emperor is crowned in the parochial church. With a sceptre and a plate of silver, as symbol of the Holy Spirit, presides the holidays every Sunday, for seven weeks after Easter. On Sunday of Pentecost, a great holiday is celebrated in the city. The fulcrum of the ceremonies is a small chapel, or imperio, used for the distribution of the soup of the Holy Spirit, with meat and vegetables. In the altar, there are exposed the crown, the plate and the sceptre. The time contributed to the feasts of the Holy Spirit own characteristics in every island, though some elements are kept jointly as the coronation of the emperor, the exhibition of his emblems - wreath and sceptre - the parade of the emperor and the empress with there retinue and the day of the holiday in which the offerings breads, meat and wine are distributed.
Imperio Mariense Of Saugus Ma.