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Thousands of people are expected to participate in the outdoor procession through the streets of East Los Angeles from Our Lady of Solitude Parish to a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe at East Los Angeles College Stadium.

The annual procession was started by Mexican Catholics in Los Angeles who fled Mexico due to government persecution in 1931.  

Those who were persecuted by the Mexican government and gave up their lives for their faith in Christ became known as ‘Cristeros’. On May 21, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized a group of 25 saints and martyrs from the Mexican Cristero War.  The film For Greater Glory​, released in 2012, was based on the true story of the Cristero War. 

Since 1931, the Catholic faithful of Los Angeles have continued the tradition and honor Our Lady of Guadalupe through the streets of East Los Angeles.  The procession is held every year on the First Sunday of Advent as an archdiocese-wide celebration. This is to allow each parish to have their own Mass and Mañanitas for La Guadalupana on her Dec. 12 feast day.

The procession at 10:30 a.m. on the corner of East Cesar Chavez Avenue and the 710 Freeway (near Ford Blvd) and one block away from Our Lady of Solitude Church. It will then travel east on Cesar Chavez Ave. to the East L.A. College Stadium.

Share your photos! 

If you have participated on the procession or have any photos of the procession taken during the 1950s or earlier, please email them to communications@la-archdiocese.org.  Thank you! 


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