The feast is unique in that it includes an early morning initial event and evening processional, rosary, bilingual mass and reception. Mariachi music is featured.
The morning begins at 5:30 with Mañanitas — morning serenade of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Mariachi music.
At 6 a.m., the Misa, a Spanish mass with Mariachi, is held.
At 7 a.m. there will be hot chocolate, bread and tamales in Breen Hall.
At 6 p.m., the procession and rosary around the church will be held. Children will be in traditional outfits.
The bilingual mass — Misa — will be held at 7 p.m.
At 8 p.m., there will be a reception and potluck dinner in the gym. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share with Mariachi and folk dancers.
The feast is a “celebrated Roman Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary.”
According to accounts from 1640s, the peasant Juan Diego saw on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac a vision of a girl of 15 or 16 years old, surrounded by light.
The girl asked in the local language of Nahuatl that a church be built at the site. Diego recognized the girl as the Virgin Mary. When Diego shared his story with Archbishop Fray Juan de Zumárraga, he was told to go by to the Hill of Tepeyac and ask for a miraculous sign. The lady told Diego to gather flowers form the top of Tepeyac hill.
It was December, late in the growing season, and on the usually barren hilltop, Diego found Castilian roses, which are not native to Mexico. The Virgin arranged the roses in the peasant’s tilma cloak.
When Diego opened the cloak before the bishop on Dec. 12, the flowers fell on the floor and in their place was the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, imprinted on the fabric.
The icon is displayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The icon is Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image. In 1999, Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Virgin Mary patroness of the Americas, empress of Latin America and protectress of unborn children under the Marian title.