Colorful Procession Through DC Streets, Music and Mass to Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 08, 2003

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 the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the much-beloved Mother of God. They will be met at the Shrine by Bishop Francisco Gonzalez, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, and 2,000 others for festive music, a reenactment of the Miracle of the Roses and a Mass:

Saturday, December 13, 2003

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.:
Procession from the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 16th St. & Park Rd., NW, to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., NE

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.:
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC

1:00 p.m.: Mariachi concert
2:00 p.m.: Las Mañanitas (sung prayers to Mary, Mother of God)
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

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. In August, a small piece of Juan Diego’s cloak was visited by thousands of people during a brief stop in Washington at the Basilica. 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. The Feast Day for Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12.

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Susan Gibbs
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