For many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, a source of strength is a brown-skinned woman cloaked in blue: Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico and symbol of Mexican nationality. In a country where four out of five people are baptized Catholics, her image is everywhere, watching over all.
For more than 10 years, the Church of Incarnation here in Charlottesville has been celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe with music, dance and tributes.
This is the third year they have walked approximately seven miles from their community to the church to pay tribute. The walk commemorates their strong belief that Juan Diego, a poor Mexican, was visited by the virgin in 1531 as he was walking to church. The apparition has had a significant impact on the spread of the Catholic faith within Mexico. The Roman Catholic Church canonized him in 2002, as its first indigenous American saint.
This year, WTJU's Ellen Daniels participated in the celebration. Tune in Wednesday, December 21st at 4:50pm for a special feature report on this celebration and its place within our community.
More information on Our Lady and some of the many ways she continues to speak to Mexicans and, more broadly, all people of the Americas can be found at these sources: