Monday, December 14, 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta at St. James

Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Padrecito's current parish, St. James in Falls Church, VA. I took a few photos, some of which are on his blog. We started out with a special rosary to Our Lady led by a parishioner wearing a lovely typical Mexican dress. Then, as it was also the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday, hence the pink vestments), a family came up to light the Advent wreath.

We had not only "Juan Diego" who came up preceded by a group of indigenous to present the roses and the miracle of Mary's image imprinted on his tilma to "bishop" Padre Hoyos, but also a Mexican dance group from All Saints in Manassas who were wearing elaborate costumes and performed a dance symbolizing the submission of all Mexican peoples and also all forces of evil to Mary.

They danced again during the social following Mass and a quick procession from the church to the school. Roses were distributed to all and many people took the opportunity of having their pictures taken with La Morenita. Maybe we weren't as big as New York or San Antonio and certainly not Mexico City, but we had every bit as much fun with our celebration. ¡Que viva la Virgen de Guadalupe y que con su intercesión logramos una reforma migratoria en 2010!

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