ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE OF IMAGES OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE AND ST. JUAN DIEGO CONTINUES THROUGHOUT L.A. ARCHDIOCESE
–Pilgrim images will visit parishes and cemeteries throughout the Archdiocese leading up to the 89th Procession and Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 6–
After two weeks of traveling through cemeteries, parishes and even a farm in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the pilgrim images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego will be visiting parishes in Los Angeles, Altadena and the San Fernando Valley. The pilgrimage of the images serves as spiritual preparation for the upcoming virtual 89th Procession and Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 6, which is the oldest religious procession in Los Angeles. The images will make a special visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels (La Placita) parish on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, for a special visit with the unhoused and parishioners. More information and full pilgrimage schedule are available at https://lacatholics.org/guadalupe/.
Due to pandemic restrictions, the pilgrimage will visit a reduced number of parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The December 6 virtual celebration, themed “Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of Healing and Hope,” will be available on livestream and closed to the public so families can participate safely from home.
The images arrived at St. Agnes parish in Los Angeles on Nov. 8, and will head to St. John Eudes in Chatsworth from Nov. 10-11. The pilgrimage will then continue to Our Lady of Grace parish in Encino from Nov. 12-13. Parishioners of St. Charles Borromeo in North Hollywood will welcome the images from Nov. 14-16. The images will then head to Altadena where they will visit Sacred Heart parish from Nov. 17-18. The images will then visit Our Lady Help of Christians (Nov. 19-21), St. Alphonsus Christians (Nov. 22-25) and Our Lady Queen of Angels (La Placita- Nov. 26) parishes in Los Angeles. The full schedule is available at https://lacatholics.org/wp content/uploads/2020/10/2020_OLGPilgrimageSchedule.pdf.
“The visitation of the images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego to the different parishes in the Archdiocese continue to be a source of healing and hope to the faithful during these challenging times,” said Father Juan Ochoa, administrator at Christ the King parish in Los Angeles and president of the Commission for Our Lady of Guadalupe. “People have been disconnected from one another, and to some extent from their faith. However, the visitation of the images to the parishes has provided a great opportunity to the faithful to come together with social distance to express their faith and to ask the intercession of Our Blessed Mother for their needs. This year’s theme speaks so well to the current needs of the human family. We continue to ask the intercession of our Blessed Mother for the end of the pandemic.”
La Peregrina, a pilgrim image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, is an exact digital reproduction of the original image in Mexico City’s Basilica, which has been blessed and touched to the original image. The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and one of St. Juan Diego were gifts hand-delivered to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Monsignor Diego Monroy, then Rector of Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City. Her image has been a symbol of unity, peace, compassion, and hope for people around the world.