Biography from AFamiliaJuramidam
…they also say that, by the end of the works, when everyone was out of the lines and the battalion already dismissed, he remained at the table singing his hymns, because he did not have much opportunity to do a work with his hinário…
— What I know about João Pedro is what was informed to me by the brother Alfredo, husband of Rosana Pereira, which by the way, in honor to the owner of the hinário, baptized his youngest son with the same name. And also the report of Eduardo Bayer, besides some information gathered in old e-mails of other brothers and sisters (E-mail sent by Jaime Wanner).
First, Alfredo’s words:
João Pedro was a friend of Mestre Irineu, a lord of the black race, like our brother Germano Guilherme. He was a very sick person, and his hinário is his own healing process. João Pedro lived with Leôncio Gomes. His hinário was recovered by the people of Rio Branco, among them Eduardo Bayer Neto.
The hinário is named “O Menino Jesus” [The Child Jesus], and the file that runs the internet was typed and reviewed by Alfredo in accordance with the research done at the time, which has a recording that took place in Votorantim – SP, where participated Washington, grandson of Padrinho Wilson; Janaína, his wife; Luis Gurgel and Carlos Flora. I have other eight different recordings of the same hinário, including an instrumental. This hinário is one o the pearls of the Santo Daime, being musically different from most hinários. It is usually used for healing works, and it is undoubtedly a beauty.
João Pedro lived in the home of the president Leôncio Gomes, as an aggregate of the Gomes’ family, in the lack of his own family, and he could pass unnoticed as a mere “colony peon”, as he did not stand out in external demonstrations, but by his devotion to the teachings of Mestre Juramidam. I believe that most of us would pass by him without giving him much thought, interested only in making acquaintance with more prestigious people…
In general, I think that the recording is — as it was studied in Cefluris — quite correct, with some exception only in the tempo and in the odd melodic phrases of the second hymn, “Eu andava no Escuro”.
Who managed to recover this hinário to Padrinho Wilson (also to Francisco Corrente), who much longed for it, was the professor Geovânia Correia Barros Cunha, a sociologist from Maranhão who worked with me in the Cultural Foundation.
It seems that João Pedro wanted to leave his hinário under the care of Madrinha Peregrina’s sister, Mrs. Heloísa, but she refused because she was already the caretaker of the hinário of “Cachoeira”. Hence the reason that no one knew for sure who was guarding it until Geovânia found it with Mrs. Maria Nunes, a professor who lived in the road of Porto Acre and, although not attending with frequency (because of her age), was a member of the old headquarters of Mestre. It happens that, for our surprise, Mrs. Maria was the sister of Daíde (from madrinha Rita), and of Mrs. Raíf, wife of Janjão and the neighbor of Padrinho Wilson!
When we started to teach this hinário, I heard from the deceased Hortência — daughter of Leôncio Gomes and the right-hand of madrinha Peregrina — the comment that this hinário was greatly missed and that she fondly thought about it, although she had well kept in her memory the hymn “Relógio de Luz”.
According to Luiz Paulino:
João Pedro was single and suffered from elephantiasis, and his hinário wasn’t guarded by his family, that became evangelical.
According to Aloísio Martins:
They also say that by the end of the works, when everyone was out of the lines and the battalion already dismissed, he remained at the table singing his hymns, because he did not have much opportunity to do a work with his hinário… They also say that the story of João Pedro was one of the nicest to ever happen in the Santo Daime doctrine, thus achieving the cure… I have a picture of him, and as soon as I get organized I will send it to you…
João Almeida Jr. tells:
It is important to emphasize the troubled self knowledge that the brother João Pedro endured. He carried, along with our Master-Emperor Juramidam, although virtually silent, the great burden of an Imperial Prince; son of the Queen of the Forest, as well as the good Mestre Irineu. In between the healing of his foot — which for me was “goat’s foot” — and salvation, he replied to the Virgin Mother that he preferred the salvation.