Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 12, 2022 / 13:30 pm
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles — the largest Catholic diocese in the U.S. — celebrated Our Lady of Guadalupe on her feast day during a special Mass.
“The Virgin of Guadalupe is our mother,” he said of the patroness of the Americas during his homily. “She reminds us of who we are, the dearest sons and daughters of God Our Lord. And it is with her that we want to be, because she leads us to Jesus, she leads us to God.”
The annual midnight Mass took place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles on Dec. 12, the 491st anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego.
“Let us never forget the beautiful maternal words she addressed to St. Juan Diego: ‘Am I not here, I, who am your mother? Are you not under my shadow and shelter? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?’” Gomez stressed, speaking in Spanish.