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 Archdiocese honors Our Lady of Guadalupe

88TH ANNIVERSARY PROCESSION & MASS IN HONOR OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE (Sunday, December 1, 2019) 

The annual Procession and Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place on December 1, 2019. The Procession is the oldest religious procession in Los Angeles. 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. The pilgrim images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego in the Procession were hand-delivered to the Archdiocese in 2006 as a gift to the Archdiocese by Monsignor Diego Monroy, then former rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. 

Dancers, decorated floats, mariachis and musical bands join the images and thousands of faithful in the one-mile long procession through East Los Angeles beginning at the corner of Cesar Chavez Ave. and Ford Blvd. to East Los Angeles College, where Archbishop José Gomez will celebrate Mass. 

All are invited to take part in this beautiful celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, which has become part of the rich history and culture of our Archdiocese! 

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE OF THE IMAGES OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE & ST. JUAN DIEGO (October 26 – December 1, 2019) 

In spiritual preparation for the annual Guadalupe Procession and Mass, the pilgrim images of Our Lady of Guadalupe (known as La Peregrina) and St. Juan Diego visit parishes and ministries throughout the three counties (LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara) of the Archdiocese. This year the images will visit two cemeteries and 19 parishes in all five regions across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The pilgrimage to parishes will start in the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region on October 26. Then, the journey will continue to the regions of San Gabriel, San Fernando, San Pedro, and Our Lady of the Angeles. During this pilgrimage, La Peregrina will stop at Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard on October 26 and Calvary Cemetery in East LA on November 2, for the Día de los Muertos celebration. Click here for information on the pilgrimage in Spanish. 

FLOAT CONTEST FOR PARISHES AND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS (December 1, 2019) 

As in previous years, this year the procession will include floats displaying this year’s theme for the celebration: “Our Lady of Guadalupe: Ark of Salvation,” along with depictions of the story of “La Virgen Morena”, how she is popularly known. Local artists will judge the floats and award the top three winning floats from Catholic parishes and schools with technology grants from the Catholic Communication Collaboration program (C3). Click here for more information on the contest rules and registration​. While the awards for the winning floats are limited to parishes and schools, all are invited to participate in the contest. Floats that are not by a parish and school can also register to be considered for an honorable mention award for best depiction of this year’s theme. 

Please contact the Communications Department of the Archdiocese at (213) 637-7235, or via email at communications@la-archdiocese.org, for more information.



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