The love of Catholics for the Blessed Virgin Mary flowed out from their homes, unto the streets of Philadelphia and into the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on Thursday night, Dec. 11, the vigil of Our Lady of Guadalupe. People carried ornate images and statues of the Blessed Mother adorned with flowers as they walked from their homes to parish churches in North and South Philadelphia and then along the streets to the cathedral. The street procession’s departure points were the churches of St. Thomas Aquinas, Annunciation B.V.M., St. Michael, Visitation B.V.M. and St. Joan of Arc. Once inside the packed cathedral, the congregation reviewed all the images as they passed by in procession. The worshipers then prayed and sang Marian songs in a ritual known as Las Mañanitas. It was followed by Mass celebrated by Archbishop Charles Chaput. Read an explanation of the feast by Norristown pastor Father Gus Puleo. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
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