Video by Nicole Neri
Hundreds filled Monroe Street in a colorful, lively procession for the annual Honor Your Mother celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, followed by a bilingual outdoor mass Saturday.
This marked the 13th celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Diocese of Phoenix.
According to tradition, Mother Mary, also commonly known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, appeared to a poor Aztec man named Juan Diego in the year 1531. The celebration incorporated variations of the traditional music and dress of both indigenous and current Latin American and Anglo cultures.
“Every culture has its own richness, and you can see it here. It’s like a Catholic parade, you know?” said Sister Veronca, who is on a mission in Tempe from Ecuador. “It’s another way of doing processions, and it’s beautiful.”
Father Ernesto Reynoso of the Phoenix Diocese said that the celebration is a good way to unite cultures through faith.
“It’s a good way for people to celebrate life through religion,” Reynoso said.
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