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

December 11, 2012

Hundreds of Catholics carrying colorful banners will fill the streets, processing from the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Columbia Heights to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in northeast Washington for an annual tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The joyous procession ends with a bilingual Mass– celebrated by Bishop Martin D. Holley and concelebrated by Bishop Francisco González, S.F., Auxiliary Bishops of Washington– honoring the patroness of the Americas and a much-beloved image of the Mother of God. The homilist for the Mass will be Rev. Agustin Mateo, pastor of St. Gabriel in northwest Washington.

Saturday, December 15, 2011
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The schedule of events will proceed as follows:

• Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 3211 Pine Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

– 11:30 a.m.: People will begin gathering for music and dancing before the procession.
– Noon: Procession begins 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, D.C.

– 1:30-2:15 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

In 1531, Mary appeared to Juan Diego in an area outside Mexico City. Roses miraculously appeared despite the harsh winter. Juan Diego carried these to the local bishop, and when he 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. 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. St. Juan Diego’s feast day is December 9 and the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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