Hundreds to Fill the Streets in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 02, 2010

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 in an annual tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and a much-beloved image of the Mother of God.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
12:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The events at the Basilica will kick-off with a mariachi performance, procession into the church with 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.

Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 3211 Sacred Heart Way, NW Washington

12:45 p.m.: People will begin gathering, with music and dancing before the procession.

1:00 p.m.: Procession from the Shrine of the Sacred Heart to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE Washington

1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.: Mariachi band performance

2:20 p.m.: Procession of flags from Latin America, followed by the entrance procession for Mass, the reenactment of the Miracle of the Roses, Las Mañanitas (sung prayers to Mary, Mother of God) and a bilingual Mass ending in children’s prayers to Mary. Bishop Francisco González, S.F. will be the principal celebrant and Father José Jesús Arriaga will be the homilist.

In 1531, Mary appeared to a humble 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, and 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 basilica 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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