I have a particular devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, I hope it's not just because she is portrayed more-garishly than other manifestations. She is particularly implored in human rights issues, and in matters of injustice and racism
The festival of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe takes place today, 12th December, in honour of the apparition to Juan Diego, when thousands flock to the Basilica of Ville Madero.
Conchero dancers gather in the atrium of the church with the dancing beginning at midnight and lasting throughout the day. Groups of dancers alternate to keep up the furious pace.
The songs and dances of the concheros have been handed down through the years, probably pre-Christian, and follow rigid traditional patterns. Traditional food for today: Sopa de Espinaca con Codito (Spinach soup with macaroni) Tacos (Stuffed tortillas) Frijoles Negros (Black beans) Mole Poblano (Chicken in spiced sauce) Arroz (Rice) Guacamole (Chopped avocados) Cajeta (Boiled milk and sugar) Flan (Custard) Cafe con Leche (Coffee with milk), and, of course, generous helpings of Tequila!
Almost every Mexican town has a church dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and people turn to her for help and guidance on every occasion.
On this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, may we be inspired to be people of hope. May we be encouraged to yearn for justice and truth.May we be inflamed with a love for others which crosses boundaries of race, religion and nationality. May we have within us a desire to fight for the integrity of creation and appreciate the immense beauty of the earth.
Pray for us, Our Lady of Guadalupe, that we may be a people of hope. Amen.