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Thousands expected for Guadalupana pilgrimage Dec. 10
November 28th, 2016
By Lorena Rojas

Organizers expect thousands of pilgrims on Dec. 10 at the annual Guadalupana march venerating Our Lady of Guadalupe in the archdiocese. The event, celebrating Our Lady’s miraculous appearance to St. Juan Diego near Mexico City on Dec. 9, 1531, attracts pilgrims from the Bay Area, other states and even Mexico,

Guadalupana founder Pedro García Méndez said he believes that the event will draw about 30,000 people.

The pilgrims will walk on the streets of San Francisco with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “La Morenita,” praying for her intervention for fair immigration reform, less employee abuse at work and peace in the world, Garcia said.

The purpose of the pilgrimage is implicit in the social doctrine of the Catholic Church; which calls all Christians to pray and act in support of needy people. In this case, the intention of the pilgrimage is offered for undocumented immigrants, and for those who suffer abuse in the workplace, organizers said.

The march starts at 6 a.m. at All Souls Church. At 5:30 the pilgrims will receive a blessing by Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice and will pray the first mystery of the rosary, with All Souls pastor Father Briccio R. Tamoro and archdiocesan vicar for administration Jesuit Father John Piderit expected to participate.

At 6, participants will begin the 12-mile pilgrimage, stopping first at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. María Lupita Hernández will make her first appearance portraying Our Lady of Guadalupe and pilgrims will pray the second mystery of the rosary.

Holy Angels Church is the second stop, where the interpreter of Our Lady will make her second presentation in English and Spanish and the pilgrims will pray the third mystery of the rosary.

The pilgrims will continue their walk on Mission Street to St. John the Evangelist Church in San Francisco, with a third presentation by the interpreter of Our Lady and the praying of the fourth mystery of the rosary.

At 10:30, the Azteca dancers will perform at 24th and Mission streets. The dancing will continue until the pilgrimage reaches St. Mary’s Cathedral, where another group of dancers will perform.

The pilgrimage is scheduled to reach the cathedral plaza at 1:45 p.m., where the last and fifth mystery of the rosary will be prayed. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will celebrate Mass in honor of Our Lady at 2 p.m.

From December 1, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

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