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

December 07, 2009

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 Saturday 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 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.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

12:00 p.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. (People will begin gathering around 11:00 a.m. and there will be music and dancing before the procession departs at 12:00 p.m.)

1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.:
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC

1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.: Mariachi 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. Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will be the principal celebrant and Bishop Francisco González, S.F. will be the homilist.

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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Susan Gibbs
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