Hundreds to Fill DC Streets in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, December 14

December 12, 2008

Hundreds of Catholics with colorful banners will process from the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Columbia Heights to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception this Sunday in an annual tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and a much-beloved image of the Mother of God.

The events at the Basilica will kick-off with a mariachi concert, procession into the church of colorful banners, followed by a reenactment of the Miracle of the Roses and a bilingual Mass. All events are free, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington and open to the public.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

11:30 a.m.-1:30 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.

1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.:
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC

1:30 p.m.: Mariachi concert outside the Basilica.
2:00 p.m.: Entrance procession and reenactment of the Miracle of the Roses, followed by Las Mañanitas (sung prayers to Mary, Mother of God) and a bilingual Mass ending in 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, then dropped the roses. An image of Our Lady appeared on Juan’s cloak. That image is still visible on the 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 feast day is December 12.

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