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The parish of Saint Eulalia

The Parish of Balasar is named after Santa Eulália, the patron saint of the parish. In ancient times, the congregation was called “Sancta Eolalia de Lousadelo”, name of a place that still exists.

 

Inside the present congregation of Balasar is included another ancient congregation named “S. Salvador de Gresufes” that has been extinguished in 1422 and its patrimony united to the church of Balasar.

 

In the XVI century, the congregation of Balazar was given to the Order of Christ and upon its revenues created a Commendam. This situation did much damage to the Church, leading it into ruin in the XVIII century. The Commendator was then judicially ordered to reconstruct it, as well as to build the priest a new house. This church was located in Matinho thorp where today stands the cometary. In the beginning of the last century (1907) a new parish Church was built, in a high and dry place, named Mount Calvary. In this mount there was on the 21st of June 1832, the apparition of a Cross drawn on the ground, originating the cult of the Holy Appeared Cross, in memory of which a little chapel has been erected.

 

Source: Fr. Leopoldino Mateus cit in Boletim cultural da Póvoa de Varzim

(vol. II; 1959)

The Church

The present Parish Church of Balasar has been built between 1907 and 1910, as recorded in the minutes of the congregation council and also on the newspapers of the time. Later on, the gilt of the main altar and the laterals was added, with neoclassical inspiration, which is documented in pictures. When the mortal remains of Blessed Alexandrina were translated there, the main chapel was radically remodeled, making a kind of transept. All the gilt of the church was removed and magnificent stained glass was installed.

 

This church was preceded by several others. Originally, according to the Census of Bishop D. Pedro, there were two churches, Gresufes and Lousadelo. Later, according to the Inquest, the church of Lousadelo was transfered to Casal. At last, in the XVI century, when Gresufes was definitely annexed to Balasar (Getrufes had been annexed to Balasar on the previous century, but was later annexed to Gondifelos (cf. Avelino de Jesus Costa, O Bispo D. Pedro e a Organização da Arquidiocese de Braga, Braga 2000, vol. II, pág. 54)), the Church of Matinho was built, on the eastern part where now stands the cemetery.

 

About this church, we have several information on “Memórias Paroquiais de 1758” (Congregational Memories of 1758) (published on Boletim Cultural Póvoa de Varzim – Fernando Barbosa, The Municipality of Póvoa de Varzim on the XVIII century. As Memórias Paroquiais de 1736 e de 1758, vol. I, nº 2, 1958, pp. 258-343) and at the Commendam of Balasar Cartolary kept at the National Cartolary.

The patron - Saint Eulalia

This biographic information about Saint Eulalia is from Father Humberto Pascoal, who published it on the Boletim de Graças de Alexandrina (Alexandrina's Bulletin of Grace).

«Eulalia's life and martyrdom are chronicled in a Latin book, from 405 A.D., by the poet Aurélio Prudêncio. Maximiano's persecution against christians spread, at the end of the third century, throughout all the regions of the Roman Empire, the Iberian Peninsula included.

The christian community flourished and the cruelty of the pagans intensified, more violently in Spain's most important center, the city Emérita Augusta, today called Mérida.

The inhabitants escaped through the fields and the woods. So did Libério with his spouse and only daughter, a 12 year old girl, already known by her kindness and modesty.

Eulalia, in her hideout, could not rest knowing that in the city brothers were victims of persecutions. One day, despite being young and weak, she decided to intervene directly before the imperial legacy.

One night, together with a friend named Julia, she decided to leave to Mérida. Once in face of the Praetor, she courageously pleaded that he put and end to the persecution. The imperial legacy, astonished by the audacity of the girl, tried through a thousand different ways to persuade her to deny her faith. Confused by the failure of words and threats, he condemned Eulalia to terrible tortures, to which she resisted with the supernatural strength transmitted by the Spirit of God. Burned with ardent torches, she still had strength to tell her tormentor:

“Throw salt on my body, that I may not present myself bland to my celestial Spouse!”

 

It was the 10th of December of the year 304. Julia was also martyred: her head was cutoff. Eulalia's example gave the christians new strength. The saint victims of persecution were many, but the pagans were finally beaten.

The fame of Merida's Martyr rapidly spread to the furthest communities and Eulalia was revered and loved everywhere.

For many centuries Balasar has had this admirable saint as patron.»

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2016-2017
Marian year
september 14
Exaltation of the Holy Cross
October 13 2017
Liturgical Feast of Blessed Alexandrina of Balasar| 62nd anniversary of her death
October 31 2017
75th anniversary of the Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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Rua Alexandrina Maria da Costa, 21

4570-017 Balasar PVZ

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