Catholic Church to hold Lady of Guadalupe service


Published: Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 4:19 p.m.

St. Augustine Catholic Church is holding its Lady of Guadalupe service once again Dec. 12.

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An image depicting Lady of Guadalupe. (catholictradition.org)

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Lady of Guadalupe

What: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Service and Vespers
When: 12:30 p.m. in English, 5:30 p.m. in Spanish on Wednesday
Where: St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1738 W. University Ave.
Info: 372-3533. Open to the public

“This particular one is special because it celebrates the Lady of Guadalupe’s feast day,” said Anne Vieira, who is the coordinator of religious education at the church.

The story comes from Tepeyac Hill in Mexico. An apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian, and asked him to go to the bishop to build a church in her honor, Vieira said. The bishop then asked Juan Diego for proof. Diego went to the Virgin and she told him to open his cloak and pick roses during the winter. When he looked behind him, the hillside was covered in roses, which he then picked and took to the bishop. The roses fell out of his cloak, along with an image of the Lady of Guadalupe.

The Lady of Guadalupe is known as the patroness of all the Americas but she was originally only associated with Mexico, said Gail Fitzsimmons, St. Augustine’s administrative assistant to the pastor.

The service in English is at 12:30 p.m. while the service in Spanish is at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by Vespers in Spanish as well. Both services are open to the public. For more information, call the church at 372-3533.

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