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Students to pay tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe

November  04, 2013

Augustana College Latinos Unidos—a student group fostering understanding and appreciation for Hispanic culture—and the Office of Intercultural Student Life invite students and members of the community to celebrate and learn about Mexico’s most popular religious and

Our Lady of Guadalupe

cultural image at the annual Tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The free event will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.).

The special commemoration will include a live performance by the Mariachi Monumental de Mexico, a mariachi band from Chicago, and a tribute to the history and anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a shrine and short play.

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.

“Our Lady of Guadalupe has inspired the people of Mexico for more than 400 years,” said Greg Aguilar, director of intercultural student life 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.”

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

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