Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 01, 2006

More than 1,000 people will crowd the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Columbia Heights for a festive celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the much-beloved image of the Mother of God. The events will kick-off with a procession into the church of colorful banners, followed by a reenactment of the Miracle of the Roses, Mass celebrated by Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and Auxiliary Bishop Francisco Gonzalez, SF and a mariarchi concert. All events are sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington and are open to the public:

Saturday, December 9, 2006
2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Shrine of the Sacred Heart
16th Street & Park Road, NW, Washington, DC

2:30 p.m.:
Entrance procession and reenactment of the Miracle of the Roses

2:45 p.m.:
Mass followed by children’s prayers to Mary and a song by children from Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Bethesda

3:45 p.m.:
Las Mañanitas (sung prayers to Mary, Mother of God)

3:50 p.m.:
Mariachi concert

In 1531, Mary appeared to a poor Indian named Juan Diego in an area outside Mexico City. Roses miraculously appeared despite the harsh winter. Juan Diego carried these to the local bishop. He dropped them and an image of Our Lady appeared on his cloak. That image is still visible on his cloak, which is in a cathedral built on the site of the apparition of Our Lady. Our Lady of Guadalupe is credited with converting the nation of Mexico from paganism to Catholicism.

Pope John Paul II declared Juan Diego a saint in 2002. His feast day is December 9; Our Lady of Guadalupe’s is December 12.

For more information, call 301-853-4566. (Media calls: 301-853-4516.)

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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