Thursday, December 12, 2013

Marian vestment

Our Lady of Guadalupe chasuble at St Francis in Bend
Today being the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I used a beautiful Marian chasuble or priest vestment with the image of Our Lady in the front and back. Apparently it was not used as I found it hidden in a closet in the historic church in St Francis in Bend, and most people were surprised to see me wearing it. The Blessed Mother appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531 and imprinted on his tilma, or overcoat her image which has survived close to 500 years. The image in displayed in the Cathedral of Guadalupe in Mexico and millions of Mexicans and tourists visit this shrine very year, especially today, starting with prayers called Mananitas, as early as 5 AM, and frequently a Mass in the evening and a fiesta with plenty of food.

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