Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Our Lady of Guadalupe is often referred to as the Patroness of the Americas. In many of the Catholic Churches throughout North and Central America her image, be it a painting or statue, is displayed somewhere on the parish grounds if not the church itself. This is especially true in California, with a large Mexican population.

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Advent, Joy and Our Lady

On this the third Sunday of Advent, we are filled with Joy and the coming of the Lord. This is a turning point, as we light the Shepherd’s Candle and recall the great joy they must have felt when hearing the angels announce that the savior was born.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. If we were in Mexico, nine days ago would have marked the first day of the Novena to Honor the Virgin of Guadalupe. We would have lit a candle each day for nine days, said prayers and sought intervention through our Blessed Mother that she may gain favor with her Son.

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She holds a special place in the religious life of Mexico and is one of the most popular religious devotions. Her image has played an important role as a National Symbol of Mexico. If we were in Mexico, December 3rd would have marked the start of the novenas to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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