The Armchair Liturgist: Our Lady of Guadalupe

armchair1.jpgHow do you or would you observe it in your parish, especially if there is no Mexican culture in your faith community? Will it end up like St Patrick’s observances, in which people embrace “being” Irish for day to have a good time? Does it have hope to be a spiritual boon? Or does the proximity of Immaculate Conception steal some of OLG’s spiritual thunder, so to speak?

If any of these are problems, how would you change the observance(s)?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to The Armchair Liturgist: Our Lady of Guadalupe

  1. I think making a big deal about Our Lady of Guadelupe is consistent with Pope John Paul II’s call for the western hemisphere to see itself as one America.

    I also dislike the idea that St. Pat is just for the Irish; he’s a heroic saint, that’s what is important for us.

  2. Fran says:

    It goes relatively quietly in my white-bread suburban parish in upstate NY.

    That said, when I lived in LA another story altogether. Even when I was in NYC, a big deal. St. Patrick’s does have a nice Guadalupe altar.

  3. Fran says:

    Ack! I did not mean to hit submit, so here is part 2.

    What I think is essential about the story is that it is so much about being gathered in from the edges.

    And that knows no racial or cultural boundary, does it?

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