Madeleine Cathedral celebrates with new Notre-Dame de Guadalupe clothing

Friday November 26, 2021

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The new clothes of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Cathedral of the Madeleine feature the image of Our Lady and the roses. Photo IC / Linda Petersen

By Linda Petersen

Intermountain Catholic

Salt Lake City – The Hispanic community at the Cathedral of the Magdalen has a deep devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The annual celebrations that take place on the Feast of Our Lady, which falls on December 12, are an integral part of their legacy. Contributing to this tradition, last year several members of the parish wanted to buy clothes for the clergy to wear specifically for the feast.

As the cathedral was the mother church of the diocese, five sets of clothing were needed: one for the bishop, two concelebrating priests and three deacons.

To raise funds, some parishioners organized food sales while others sold religious items; parents of religious education students organized a fundraising festival and the Knights of Columbus donated $ 1,500.

“It was a cooperation between the many facets of the cathedral’s Hispanic community,” said Father Martin Diaz, rector of the cathedral.

Two of the main community members behind the fundraiser were Deacon Guillermo Mendez and his wife Socorro, Fr dit Diaz. “They really animated the Hispanic community very strongly. I am very happy with their ministry. They’re just great for bringing people together, asking for help, making sales, and hosting festivals.

By early summer, all funds had been raised and the five sets of clothing had been ordered from a Canadian company. They arrived at the cathedral on November 12 and were displayed in the cathedral hall during weekend masses on November 14 so the community could see them up close, said Fr Diaz.

All the clothes are white. The bishop’s chasuble features the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the front and a rose on the back. The clothes of priests and deacons are all adorned with a rose.

According to tradition, when Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Saint Juan Diego in 1531 on Tepeyac Hill near present-day Mexico City, she made him collect roses – which were then out of season – to bring them to the bishop as a sign of her. appearance. When Saint Juan Diego opened his mantle with the roses, a life-size image of Our Lady was printed on the fabric. This image of Notre-Dame is copied from the new bishop’s chasuble given to the cathedral.

Being able to celebrate Mass in clothes specially designed for the feast day is like a person dressing their best for a special occasion, Fr Diaz says.

“We have a real image of the Blessed Mother,” he said. “We know what Our Lady of Guadalupe looks like in relation to Our Lady of Lourdes or Our Lady of Fatima. Mary is already special, but with Our Lady of Guadalupe the features of Mary that are revealed to us are given to us. ”

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