The 80th Annual Procession and Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe will
take place on Sunday, December 4, starting at 11 a.m., at the corner of Cesar Chavez Ave. and
Ford Blvd. in East Los Angeles.
Thousands of Catholic faithful from diverse ethnic communities will gather to
honor the Virgin of Guadalupe
at the oldest religious procession in Los Angeles.
Following the procession, Archbishop José H. Gomez,
the Auxiliary Bishops of Los
Angeles and participating clergy will celebrate Mass at East Los Angeles
The annual celebration recalls the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin Mary to
Saint Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico in December 1531, when she left her image on his “tilma” or
cloak. For 480 years, her image has been a symbol of unity, peace, compassion and hope for
people around the
“The theme of this year’s celebration is Madre de Nuestra Raices (Mother of
Our Roots) because our Blessed Mother unites us with her love as one people of God” said Archbishop
Gomez. “No matter where we came from or how we got here, we are rooted in our faith.”
In special commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Archdiocese’s Guadalupe
celebration, The Peregrina, or “Pilgrim,” image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is an exact
digital reproduction of the original in Mexico City, Mexico, will visit 21 parishes
throughout the five regions of the Archdiocese leading up to the Procession on Dec. 4th. (download list of parishes).
Parish groups from different ethnic communities within the Archdiocese,
decorated floats and indigenous dancers will escort the Peregrina image at the Procession on Dec. 4.
The Mass following the procession will feature mariachis, bandas, dances, hymns and poems
typical of celebrations in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
For more information, the
public can call Resurrection Church at (323) 268-1141.
WHAT: 80th Annual Procession and Mass in Honor of Our
Lady of Guadalupe
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, starting at 11 AM
WHERE: Procession - corner of Cesar
Chavez Avenue and Ford Boulevard
Mass - East Los Angeles College Stadium, 1301 Cesar Chavez Ave.