On Dec. 11, the eve of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Laurence Catholic School celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, with a special school Mass led by Spanish classes.
For this special occasion, Mass was celebrated by Father Drew Wood. The SLCS Spanish Culture Club reenacted the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the miracles and the image she left us almost 500 years ago. Bilingual readings and petitions were read by St. Laurence Spanish Honor Society students. The celebration included the traditional “Las Mañanitas” and other special songs to serenade Our Lady of Guadalupe. We enjoyed Mariachi music and we were very honored with the participation of the Knights of Columbus.
In December 1531, Mary appeared to Juan Diego, a peasant and farmer, on Mexico’s Tepeyac Hill, and told him to visit his bishop and request that a temple be built on the site of her appearance. After the bishop doubting Juan Diego’s tale denied his request, the peasant next brought him flowers at the orders of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Upon opening his tilma in front of the bishop Juan Diego found an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on his cloak.
Students shared the story beautifully and reverently, highlighting the devotion to Our Lady and our Blessed Mother’s message at Tepeyac. It was a wonderful celebration that brought together students, faculty, staff, parents and community friends.