PILGRIMAGE OF IMAGES OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE AND ST. JUAN DIEGO CONTINUES WITH VISITS TO DETENTION FACILITIES AND OXNARD CEMETERY IN NOVEMBER
Kicking off early this year, the pilgrimage of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, known as La Peregrina, visited Catalina Island in September and more than 20 churches in October, including the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, where thousands of faithful have had the opportunity of veneration. In November, the pilgrim images of La Peregrina and St. Juan Diego are continuing the journey to parishes in the Archdiocese and will visit Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard (Nov. 5) and two detention institutions during Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 27), as spiritual preparation for the faithful community leading up to the85thannualGuadalupeProcessionin East Los Angeles on Dec. 4.
This weekend, faithful in Ventura County and surrounding areas will have an opportunity to venerate the pilgrim images at Santa Clara Cemetery (2370 N. “H” Street, Oxnard 93036) during a Rosary prayer service commemorating All Souls Day on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m., followed by a free Día de los Muertos cultural celebration. The images will remain at the cemetery for veneration through Sunday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. Then they will travel to parishes in Ventura County, including San Buenaventura Mission (211 East Main Street, Ventura 93001), San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles. (Click here for full schedule)
The November leg of the pilgrimage will conclude with avisitto all-male Twin Towers Correctional Facility (450 Bauchet St., Los Angeles 90012) on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 a.m., and all-female Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood (11705 South Alameda St., Lynwood 90262) on Nov. 27 at 1 p.m.
This year, proclaimed by Pope Francis the Jubilee Year of Mercy, marks the485th anniversary of the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego, thus the pilgrim images are scheduled to visit many of the designated mercy pilgrimage churches in all five pastoral regions of the Archdiocese.
The annual pilgrimage of the images will conclude on December 4 at the85th Annual Procession and Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in East Los Angeles. It is the oldest religious procession in L.A., a sit was established by Mexican Catholics who fled persecution by the Mexican government during the Cristero War in 1931. The annual celebration commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe recalls the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Saint Juan Diego at Tepeyac Hill, Mexico City, in December 1531, when she left her image on his “tilma” or cloak. Her image has been a symbol of unity, peace, compassion, and hope for people around the world.
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. A decade ago, the image was hand- delivered as a gift to the Archdiocese by Monsignor Diego Monroy, then Rector of Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City.
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