Dec 3, 2012 / 08:02 pm
An outdoor procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe held Sunday in Los Angeles attracted 25,000 participants to venerate the Virgin and to express their Catholic faith.
“We want to learn from the example of faith of our Blessed Mother, as Jesus did. Jesus learned his prayers and the practice of his faith from his Mother and from Saint Joseph,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez told the crowd assembled for Mass following the Dec. 2 procession.
“This is an example for you, my brothers and sisters! You need to be good teachers, good role models for your children…share the stories of the Gospel and the beautiful apparition of Tepeyac. Teach them how to be generous and to love.”
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.
“We also remembered the Cristeros as examples, because of the sacrifices they made for their faith, giving up their lives for their faith and for Christ,” Carolina Guevara, associate communications director at the Los Angeles archdiocese, told CNA Dec. 3.
She recounted that a woman whose father was a Cristero martyr participated in the Mass, which was a marker of how Our Lady of Guadalupe “unites us in our faith.”
The procession is held every year on the First Sunday of Advent as an archdiocese-wide celebration. This is to allow each parish to have their own Mass and mananitas for La Guadalupana on her Dec. 12 feast day, while also having a large inter-parish celebration. …
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