Faithful from across Philadelphia walked from their home parishes on Sunday night, Dec. 11 to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul for a Mass in anticipation of the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The participating parishes included St. Thomas Aquinas and Annunciation B.V.M. in South Philadelphia, and Holy Innocents, Visitation B.V.M. and St. Michael in North Philadelphia.
The procession consisting of the Hispanic community and others wound around the cathedral and included mariachi music and a presentation of roses to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The faithful then entered the cathedral where Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Deliman was the main celebrant and homilist for the Mass, which also included Las Mañanitas, a traditional serenading of Our Lady on the vigil of her feast day. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called for a day of prayer and solidarity with families of immigrants on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Watch a video from the evening here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)