Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Faith displayed in public

LA Guadalupe procession draws thousands in celebration of faith
A woman from Mexico holds an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as Pope Benedict XVI gives his general audience Nov. 14. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
Catholic News Agency reports that an outdoor procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe held Dec. 2 in Los Angeles with Archbishop Jose H. Gomez attracted 25,000 participants.

Despite a rainy day, thousands of people came to process through East Los Angeles from Our Lady of Solitude Parish to the Mass at East Los Angeles College Stadium. This was the 81st annual procession, which was started by Mexican Catholics fleeing government persecution in 1931, so it is also a time to remember the example of the Cristeros.

The procession is held every year on the First Sunday of Advent as an archdiocese-wide celebration so each parish can have its own Mass and mananitas for La Guadalupana on her Dec. 12 feast day. For the first time this year, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels will celebrate a midnight Mass in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as is done at her basilica in Mexico City.

For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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