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Honoring La Virgin de Guadalupe PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 13 December 2012 06:02

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Masses starting at midnight on Wednesday, December 12 and throughout the day were held worldwide to honor La Virgin de Guadalupe on her feast day. At Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in San Fernando was filled with roses brought by parishioners who placed them in front of her image. Children were dressed in clothing believed to be similar to those worn by peasant Juan Diego. The religious observance commemorates the appearance of the Virgin before Juan Diego in Tepeyac, Mexico in 1531.

For many La Virgin de Guadalupe has tremendous meaning and is a symbol of hope especially for those most in need. In downtown Los Angeles, as many as 50,000 people went to the downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles and thousands more visited the historic La Placita Church near Olvera Street. The father of late singer Jenni Rivera was among those in attendance at the Cathedral. In .

At one point following the Mass, Rivera's father Pedro, who is mourning

the death in a plane crash in Mexico on Sunday of his 43-yearold daughter sang sang at the festivities, a news photographer reported from the scene.

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