Thousands in Prince George’s County to Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe with Prayer, Food and Fireworks Dec. 12

December 08, 2005

Thousands of Hispanic Catholics will celebrate the December 12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, starting with a pre-dawn procession and ending with an evening Mass, fireworks and a traditional Mexican meal:

Monday, December 12, 2005
St. Bernard
5700 St. Bernard’s Drive (near Kenilworth Avenue and Riverdale Road), Riverdale Park, MD 20737

3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m.: Procession from La Poblanita, a local Hispanic grocery store (5700 Riverdale Rd.), to St. Bernard featuring native Mexican Tehuanas dancers in costume

4:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.: Approximately 2,000 people gather at St. Bernard to sing Las Mañanitas (sung prayers to Mary, Mother of God) and watch Tehuanas dancers

4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.: Mass (4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.) celebrated by Fr. Sergio Dall’Agnese, pastor of St. Bernard, followed by a reenactment of the Miracle of the Roses, fireworks (30 minutes) and a meal of traditional Mexican food

Our Lady of Guadalupe is a much beloved image of Mary, Mother of God. 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. When he dropped them, an image of Our Lady appeared on his cloak where he had held them. 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. The Feast Day for Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12.

Mark Adkinson
Office of Communications
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