Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Posted on December 12, 2017

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

The Mundelein community gathered to honor the “Lady from Heaven” who appeared to the humble Native American man named Juan Diego at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now Mexico City. She identified herself as the “ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth.” Seminarians built an altar in her honor, including hundreds of roses, to celebrate her feast day as Patroness of all the Americas.

Our Housekeeping Staff Choir, dressed in traditional Mexican clothing, led “Las Mañanitas,” the Serenade to Our Lady, by singing “Mi Virgen Ranchera” in Spanish. Many of our seminarian choirs also honored Our Lady before morning prayer. Our Asian Choir sang “Ave Maria Con Dang Loi”  in Mandarin and “Stella Maris” in Tagalong, which were followed by a Mariachi rendition of “Mi Virgen Ranchera.” The African Choir sang the Magnificat in Swahili before the Spanish Choir finished the serenade with “Mañanitas a la Virgen de Guadalupe.”

Mass was celebrated in both English and Spanish, which is not uncommon on campus, as each week we have a Spanish Mass. Many seminarians who primarily speak English spend at least one summer studying language immersion in a Spanish-speaking country. Praying together in multiple languages highlights the universality of the Catholic Church.

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s message of love and compassion and her universal promise of help and protection to all mankind are as relevant today as they were in 1531. Saint John Paul II entrusted the cause of life to her loving protection, and he placed under her motherly care the innocent lives of children, especially those who are in danger of not being born.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Our Housekeeping Staff Choir with Deacon Emanuel Torres-Fuentes, Carlos Orozco, and Deacon Miguel Corral.