“Christo vino, Christo vendra, Cristo esta entre nosotros,” worshipers said in unison Sunday afternoon at St. John Catholic Church in Bangor.
Hearing the words of the Catholic Mass in her native Spanish made Victoria Dearing joyous.
“It’s fantastic,” she said after the first Mass celebrated in Spanish at the York Street church in more than seven years. “It is music to my ears. It feels like a little bit of home.”
Dearing, 48, said she’s lived in Greater Bangor for more than two decades.
More than 40 people attended Sunday’s Mass. Beginning next month, Mass will be celebrated in Spanish at 1 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month. They will be held at 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument St. in Winslow on the second and fourth Sundays. Spanish Masses are celebrated weekly in Portland and Lewiston and seasonally in Cherryfield.