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Before I spent Holy Week in the Azores seven years ago, what little I knew about the islands and their people was based on my husband’s tales of having been stationed there as a lieutenant in the Portuguese Navy. I had my own later experience of the Azorean community in California, and its festival of the Holy Spirit.

That traditional celebration begins on Pentecost and continues for weeks. It includes special foods and religious...

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Jane E. Lytle-Vieira, a secular Carmelite, is a clinical social worker in private practice in Severna Park, Maryland.