A Prayer for Victims of the Earthquake in Ecuador

25 years of walking with our brothers and sisters in Ecuador

A Prayer for Victims of the Earthquake in Ecuador

God of mercy and compassion
in solidarity we pray for the victims
of the earthquake in Ecuador.

We mourn the death of loved ones
and the destruction of homes and property
that are the fruit of hard work and struggle.
We pray for those who died in this disaster.
May their souls rest in peace.
May their families be comforted.

We pray for the living survivors.
Be with them, O God, in this traumatic time.
May they experience Your healing,
In their spirits as well as their bodies.

We pray for the communities affected.
May they come together in solidarity
To rebuild and to affirm new life.

We know that so many of the people
effected by the earthquake live on the margins
And thus live precariously already.
Like Jesus was when he encountered
the marginalized and poor of Galilee
with tenderness and mercy,
let the world be moved to act in news ways
to bring aid, sustenance and relief.

And, in our merciful response,
so that the lives of the impoverished
and vulnerable not only be restored
to the conditions in which they suffered
before the earthquake,
Let us seek with them out of rubble,
the creation of a more just and loving world.

We offer this prayer and our solidarity
in the name of Jesus Christ.


Una oración por las víctimas del terremoto en Ecuador

Dios de la misericordia y la compasión,
en solidaridad oramos por las víctimas
del terremoto en Ecuador.

Lamentamos la muerte de seres queridos
y la destrucción de viviendas y bienes
que son el fruto del trabajo duro y el sacrificio.

Oramos por aquellos que murieron en este desastre.
Que sus almas descansen en paz.
Y que sean consolados sus familias.

Oramos por los victimas sobrevivientes.
Estar con ellos, o Dios, en este momento traumático.
Que puedan experimentar su curación,
En su espíritu, así como sus cuerpos

Oramos por las comunidades afectadas.
Que se unen en solidaridad
Para reconstruir y para afirmar una nueva vida.

Sabemos que tanta gente afectada por el terremoto
ya viven precariamente en los márgenes,
al igual que Jesús fue cuando se encontraba
los marginados y los pobres de Galilea
con ternura y misericordia,
que nos conmuevan a actuar de maneras nuevas.
para ofrecer la ayuda, el sustento y el alivio.

Y en nuestra respuesta misericordiosa,
así que las vidas de los empobrecidos
y vulnerable no sólo ser restaurado
a las condiciones que los sufrían antes del terremoto,
busquemos con ellos en los escombros,
la creación de un mundo más justo y cariñoso.

Ofrecemos esta oración y nuestra solidaridad
en el nombre de Jesucristo.


Annatto or Achiote Seeds

When making seasoning blends called Sazon and Adobo most recipes call for annatto or achiote seeds. The neighbors down the street have an achiote tree and it is full of pods filled with these tiny seeds.  The seeds can be bitter and you may want to either steeped in water or sautéed in oil to get the color you want and then discard the seeds. In our local markets you can get oil infused with these seeds. Or dry the entire seed and grind it into powder to add to your seasoning blends like I do.

San Clemente 5.29.2014 007 San Clemente 5.29.2014 009 San Clemente 5.29.2014 010San Clemente 6.1.2014 005I have dried a few pods and removed the seeds for my spice blends. I have read where this is called the poor man’s saffron, it sure has a vibrant color.

Here are recipes I use this dried seed in:

Sazon Dry Mix

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon annatto or achiote seeds
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Toast coriander, cumin and achiote seeds in a dry pan, cool. Grind into a fine power then blend all spices together. Store in a cool dry place in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

1 1/2 teaspoon of this mix is the same as using a packet of commercial sazon seasoning mix.

Mexican Dry Adobo Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 3 japones chili peppers
  • 3 Arbol chili peppers (You can find these dried chilies in some markets in Ecuador)
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sweet Spanish paprika or annatto or achiote seeds

Heat dry skillet add cumin, coriander, fennel, mustard, achiote and both chilies. Toast 3 minutes DO NOT BURN. Cool, put in coffee grinder with all other ingredients and grind to a fine powder.

Use 1 1/2 tablespoons for baked chicken. I use 1 1/2 tablespoons of the Sazon seasoning along with this adobo seasoning. Season chicken and allow to marinate for several hours to overnight. Add 3/4 cup of water, white wine or chicken stock along with any veggies you like to the bottom of the baking pan. Place the chicken on top. Bake covered with aluminum foil, at 350 f, 1 hour, remove from oven, coat chicken with guava marmalade and return to oven uncovered for 15 minutes more. I always add a little more seasoning as well as hot pepper flakes for that final kick of heat.