Dec. 12 is the feast day for Our Lady — La Virgen de Guadalupe. Processions and midnight prayers are offered to her around the world. In the City of San Fernando, a procession and midnight mass (Dec.12) will be held at Santa Rosa and St. Ferdinand Churches, with services throughout the day.
A mile-long procession was held last weekend in East Los Angeles, which is the oldest religious procession in Los Angeles, established in 1931 by Mexican Catholics who fled persecution by the Mexican government during the Cristero War.
The annual celebration commemorates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which recalls the “miraculous apparitions” of the Virgin Mary to [Saint] Juan Diego at Cerro del Tepeyac (Tepeyac Hill), Mexico City, in December 1531, when she left her image on his “tilma” or cloak. La Virgen de Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico and her image is considered a cultural symbol for the Latino community of unity, peace, compassion, and hope. The original tilma is currently at the Basilica in Mexico City.