Solemnity of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 12 is recognized as the Solemnity of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of the Americas and Mexico. Below, you can learn more about the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe, see photos from a special Mass at St. Anne - St. Augustin Parish, or see how the Diocese of Manchester Chancery celebrated her feast day.
HistoryThis video provides an overview of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and discusses some of the notable features of the image.
Mary's appearance to Juan Diego as one of his people is a powerful reminder that Mary - and the God who sent her - accept all peoples. In the context of the sometimes rude and cruel treatment of the Indians by the Spaniards, the apparition was a rebuke to the Spaniards and an event of vast significance for the indigenous population. While a number of them had converted before this incident, they now came in droves. According to a contemporary chronicler, nine million Indians became Catholic in a very short time. In these days when we hear so much about God's preferential option for the poor, Our Lady of Guadalupe cries out to us that God's love for and identification with the poor is an age-old truth that stems from the Gospel itself. (Text courtesy of FranciscanMedia.org)
On December 9, 2018, Reverend Samuel Fuller, O.F.M., Cap. and Bishop Libasci celebrated a Mass with St. Anne - St. Augustin Parish in observance of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Guadalupe. See a selection of photos below courtesy of David Barragán. Click on the images to see them enlarged. More photos are available on David's website.
In addition, on December 12, the employees at the Diocese of Manchester Chancery celebrated the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a presentation and meal provided by the Diocese of Manchester's Secretariat for Multicultural Ministry as well as parishioners from St. Anne - St. Augustin Parish. Photos courtesy of Annie Wade.