The pilgrim images of Our Lady of Guadalupe (La Peregrina) and St. Juan Diego will begin visits to parishes in all five regions of the Archdiocese starting October 9, 2015. The images will visit more than 25 parishes in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties in preparation for the 84th Annual Procession and Mass in East Los Angeles on December 6, 2015. The Guadalupe Procession is the oldest religious procession in Los Angeles.
“Madre de Misericordia,” is the theme of the 84th Virgin of Guadalupe Procession and Mass. It is a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for us in the new evangelization. The tranditional Pilgrimage of the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Parishes in Los Angeles began on October 9, 2015. The Peregrina will travel to ten parishes before arriving to Our Lady of Solitude Parish in East Los Angeles for the procession.
As in previous years, this year the procession will include floats displaying the history of the “Virgen Morena”, how it is popularly known in Mexico, where she appeared to St. Juan Diego, a humble peasant who was canonized in 2012.
Aztec dancers, mariachis and musical bands will also process about three miles from the corner of Cesar Chavez and Ford Street to East Los Angeles College, where Archbishop José Gomez will preside the Mass, concelebrated by the auxiliary bishops of L.A. and other clergy members.
This is the 84th year of this event being held in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and has become part of the rich history and culture of our great city!
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