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Local Celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Soundboard, January 2 at 9:00 a.m.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mexican Identity

Our Lady of Guadalupe


Our Lady of Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), who is also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe (Virgen de Guadalupe), is the name of a miraculous vision that appeared on the morning of December 9, 1531 to Juan Diego near Mexico City.  The vision, of a girl of mixed Indian and Spanish skin color, was the first instance of what would become known as mestizo culture. Diego went on a journey to tell his story to the Spanish Archbishop of Mexico City, which started a chain of events that led to a new identity - a Mexican identity.  In time, Our Lady also became a figure central to Latin culture more generally - "Patroness of the Americas" and "Empress of Latin America."  For more complete information, please see the Wikipedia article.

There were a series of events held locally to celebrate the figure of Our Lady and Mexican culture more generally.  This included various processions to honor the journey of Juan Diego to see the Archbishop.

Wednesday, December 11

11:00 pm - Mass at St. Mary's, Lovingston, followed by a procession up US29 to the Church of the Incarnation.

Thursday, December 12

Early Morning Events
2:00 am - Procession from Rosewood trailer park to the Church of the Incarnation
5:00 am - Songs and remarks in the sanctuary
6:00 am (approx.) - Community breakfast in the rectory

Evening Events
6:20 pm - Rosaries
6:45 pm - Procession around the Church
7:00 pm - Mass
8:00 pm - Reenactment of Juan Diego's miraculous events followed by a party with traditional food, song, and dance.

Thursday, January 2

9am On WTJU's Soundboard, a Soundscape-produced show on this December's celebration with music and remarks.

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