Colorful Procession Through DC Streets and Mass to Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 14

December 04, 2002

More than 300 Hispanic Catholics bearing colorful banners will walk from the Shrine of the Sacred Heart to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as part of their annual celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. They will be joined at the Basilica by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington; Bishop Francisco Gonzalez, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington; and approximately 4,000 people for a re-creation of the story of Guadalupe and a Mass:

Saturday, December 14, 2002
12:30 p.m. Procession (16th St. & Park Rd., NW)
2:30 p.m. Mass (400 Michigan Ave., NE)

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is credited with converting the nation of Mexico from paganism to Catholicism. In 1634, Mary, Mother of God, reportedly appeared to a poor Indian named Juan Diego. Miraculously, roses appeared in the harsh winter, then an image of the lady on Juan’s cloak. A cathedral was built on the site; today it holds Juan Diego’s original cloak, with the miraculous image of Our Lady still visible. Juan Diego was made a saint by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002. The Feast Day for Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12.

Mark Adkinson
Office of Communications
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