It seemed that downtown Stockton was flooded by feathers and drumming this past Sunday, December 5, 2010. Oddly, this Native American revival wasn’t a celebration to the ancient gods but the encounter of two cultures and transformation.
That’s because many —if not most— of the Catholic Diocese of Stockton’s 23 parishes present at the annual procession honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Juan Diego paraded Aztec dance groups in full regalia.
This 30-year old Stockton tradition celebrates the apparition of the Virgin Mary to a Mexican native named Juan Diego, in 1531. According to the faithful, the Virgin asked Juan Diego to go to the Mexico City’s Bishop and request a temple be built for her. Faced with the incredulity of the Bishop, Mary first sent an arrangement of roses —impossible for December— and later her own image in the native’s cloak. Today, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe receives close to 20 million pilgrims a year, making it the Christian World’s most visited sanctuary.
Sunday’s procession enjoyed a mix of sun, clouds and a last minute sprinkle. The event ended at the Stockton Arena, were several thousand welcomed parade participants and the curia from all over the Diocese to a Concelebration Mass presided by the Cardinal Roger Mahony —who was Bishop of the Stockton Diocese between 1980-85, and the beginner of this traditional annual homage.These are just a few of the 1,000 photos taken at the event. Photos of the procession are arranged in two groups featuring the same participants –the difference is the photographer who shot the pictures… (for other pictures, call us at (209) 941-0597) Lady of Guadalupe 2010 by Mónica Radrigán Lady of Guadalupe 2010 by Roberto Radrigán Concelebration Mass at the Stockton Arena
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