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Mexico in New York–The Virgin of Guadalupe

Mexico in New York–The Virgin of Guadalupe

The Virgin of Guadalupe is mother of Mexico, and I went to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to celebrate her feast day, December 12.

December 18, 2007

I went to New York City to see the Virgin of Guadalupe.

The Virgin of Guadalupe in New York

The Virgin of Guadalupe in New York

First off, let me say my last report was a little off.  Friend Bill had sent me an article from a NY paper saying that the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe—the original, on Don Juan Diego’s tilma—was going to be on view at Saint Patrick’s.  Come to find out, the pilgrimage bearing the torch from Mexico City to New York carried several images of the Virgin—but the original stayed in the Villa.

I still didn’t know this when I arrived in NY a day early and went straight to Saint Patrick’s (well, after Macy’s and the Rock Center tree) and asked when the Virgin was arriving.  “Uh, there are masses twice a day all this month” I was told.  “That’s nice, but I understand the Virgin of Guadalupe will be here for her feast day tomorrow…”  Blank stares.  “You know, the Virgin…Mexico City…”  They had a distracted look on their face, keeping a watch on me while dialing 911 under the information desk.

That night at Bill’s we did some research and found the truth.

Even though the original relic stayed in Tepayac, the celebration December 12 was wonderful.  I went to the morning mass, and it looked like Mexico City.  People dressed in native costume, lots of pilgrims with their Virgin of Guadalupe banners, and the beautiful faith and love the Mexicans have for their Virgin.

Hands reached out to touch the images of Don Juan Diego (do we now call him San Don Juan Diego or San Juan Diego, now that he is a saint?) and the Virgin herself.  The cathedral filled with banks of flowers, especially the roses which the Virgin instructed Juan Diego to pick to prove her visit.   The cathedral was packed.

I took advantage of every minute in the city and touristed everywhere.  New York was wonderful.  Cold and drizzly, but the Christmas windows are beautiful, and it is fun to see the crowds hustling and bustling through the pre-Christmas rush.

Times Square

Times Square

Bill and I went to see “A Chorus Line,” and sat right in the first row.  “You’re going to see a lot of leg” the usher winked, and we loved every minute of it.

The train is the way to go—very comfortable and classy.  The only hitch was some engine trouble in Albany, where we sat for almost three hours.

Dan and Omar

The torch, all the way from la Villa in Mexico City.

The torch, all the way from la Villa in Mexico City.

Saint Patrick's, with children on the altar.  Images of the Virgin and Don Juan Diego flank the cross.

Saint Patrick's, with children on the altar. Images of the Virgin and Don Juan Diego flank the cross.

The cathedral was jam-packed.

The cathedral was jam-packed.

Start of the procession.

Start of the procession.

Folks came from near and far--here is a banner from the Bronx.

Folks came from near and far--here is a banner from the Bronx.

The torch-bearers wore blue jackets.

The torch-bearers wore blue jackets.

Virgin of Guadalupe banner

Virgin of Guadalupe banner

The Virgin appeared to Don Juan Diego.

The Virgin appeared to Don Juan Diego.

Crowded aisles

Crowded aisles

Everyone wanted to touch the Virgin's image.

Everyone wanted to touch the Virgin's image.

 Some of the embroidered images of the Virgin are very attractive.

Some of the embroidered images of the Virgin are very attractive.

Another view of the banner

Another view of the banner

People from all walks came.

People from all walks came.

Note the mask on the man at the left.

Note the mask on the man at the left.

Image of the Virgin

Image of the Virgin

Leaving Saint Patrick's

Leaving Saint Patrick's

Part of the torch-bearing team

Part of the torch-bearing team

The youngest attendee

The youngest attendee

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

This image of the Virgin stays permanently at St. Patrick's.

This image of the Virgin stays permanently at St. Patrick's.

Taking photos

Taking photos

Everyone wants their picture taken with the Virgin.

Everyone wants their picture taken with the Virgin.

All decked out.

All decked out.

Cute as can be.

Cute as can be.

All-in-all, a great experience.

All-in-all, a great experience.

 The tree in Trump Tower.

The tree in Trump Tower.

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1 comment to Mexico in New York–The Virgin of Guadalupe

  • lupe

    Hi im interested in celebrating Lady of guadalupe and wondering when this happens. I saw to dates on St Patrick’s cathedral and not sure which one it is. none of them are in the morning…

    What time did this happen?

    thanks

    lupe

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