Annual Pilgimage of images of Our Lady of Guadalupe & St. Juan Diego
(now through November 26, 2016)
The pilgrim images of Our Lady of Guadalupe (known as La Peregrina) and St. Juan Diego began visits to parishes in all five regions of the Archdiocese on September 27, 2016, kicking off with a historic visit to Catalina Island
. The pilgrim images of La Peregrina
and St. Juan Diego will
continue the journey to parishes in the Archdiocese throughout October
as spiritual preparation for the faithful community leading up to the
85th annual Guadalupe Procession in East Los Angeles.
The pilgrimage will then make its way to Los Angeles, where the images
will be welcomed and venerated by numerous church communities during October and November, including Our Lady Queen of Angels (La Placita) on Oct.
21-22. (Click here for full schedule).
85th Anniversary Procession & Mass in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe
(Sunday, December 4, 2016)
The annual pilgrimage of the images will conclude on December 4 at
the 85th Annual Procession and Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in
East Los Angeles. The Guadalupe Procession is the oldest religious
procession in L.A., as it was established by Mexican Catholics who fled
persecution by the Mexican government during the Cristero War in 1931.
The annual celebration commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of
Guadalupe recalls the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Saint
Juan Diego at Cerro del Tepeyac (Tepeyac Hill), Mexico City, in
December 1531, when she left her image on his “tilma” or cloak. Her
image has been a symbol of unity, peace, compassion, and hope for people
around the world.
La Peregrina, a pilgrim image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, is
an exact digital reproduction of the original image in Mexico City’s
Basilica, which has been blessed and touched to the original image. A
decade ago, the image was hand-delivered as a gift to the Archdiocese by
Monsignor Diego Monroy, then Rector of Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica
in Mexico City.
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 85th 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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