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A Tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe here Dec. 12

November  30, 2011

Augustana College Latinos Unidos invites students and members of the community to celebrate and learn about Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image, Our Lady of Guadalupe. The tribute event will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 in Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave.

Latinos Unidos is a student group fostering understanding and appreciation for Hispanic culture. The Office of Multicultural Services at the college is a co-sponsor of the event.

As part of the tribute, members of the community will be dressed in traditional Mexican attire as they pay their tribute through offerings, dance and song. The commemoration will include musical tributes performed by Augustana students accompanied by Mariachi Luna y Sol; a shrine as a tribute to the history and anniversary of the apparition of Mary at Guadalupe; and a short play dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is an important spiritual and historical figure. After she appeared to Juan Diego, and the story of a "goddess" who brought the moon, stars and sun together under one god spread throughout Mexico, thousands of native Mexicans converted to Catholicism.

This mass conversion helped bring peace to Mexico after the conquest by Spain.

The shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico City, is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world and has been a part of the Mexican culture since 1531.

"Our Lady of Guadalupe has inspired the people of Mexico for over 400 years," said Greg Aguilar, director of multicultural services at Augustana. "Many of Mexico's most popular historical figures have led independence and revolutionary movements for the people under the banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe."

Guests are welcome to bring flowers to lay on the altar and are encouraged to wear traditional clothing.

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu