Sunday, December 09, 2012

All Things Mary: Mornings With Mary Day 9

Chosen by God's grace
A crucial role in His plan
Salvation for man

The St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Albuquerque celebrates the feast day of our Lady of Guadalupe in a big way. A special mass, an evening procession-it is a bonding event for the community. The homes in the nearby area all do up their front yards with a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe  I got to attend this last year and it is quite profound!

After mass and the procession, the crowd continues through the neighborhoods with the priest who goes from house to house bestowing a blessing on each home.

Join us on this journey of the 
twelve days of mornings with Mary.
everyone is invited. 
while this is not about religion, it is about sharing,
about opening hearts, rejoicing in ultimate mother love.
it is about  light, beauty, inspiration, thoughtful regard.
a welcome chance to begin each new day together
in beauty and peace.

Come see what others have shared over at Rebecca's page. Feel free to join in with us whether if it's for one day or all 12!


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Pardon my irreverence again, but Mary is all dolled-up for Christmas!

Keeper of the Door

Delphyne said...

The shrine to La Virgen is gorgeous. What a treat to attend that celebration!

Carol L McKenna said...

Wow! Beautiful photos for 12 Days and what an event to have shared ~ thanks for sharing this spiritual energy ~

(A Creative Harbor) aka 'ArtMuse Dog ^_^

Priti.Lisa said...

I imagine this to be a celebration that lasts in your heart long after it is over♥

Hettienne said...

What a lovely peek you gave us into this celebration - how I wish I could be there!!

rebecca said...

isn't it amazing how deeply we all respond to outward expressions of devotion?
love the home altar with the lights so bright! i am so happy you were among the roses, love and light!

Dawn Elliott said...

This is something I would very much like to take part in some time...I participated in the Dia de los Muertos procession in Tucson last year, which was awesome, as well. Thank you for sharing this!

Norma Ruttan said...

This feast you've shared here makes me wish that I had been a cradle Catholic when my grandmother drove my cousin and me to Albuquerque in the mid-1950s. What a beautiful setting!

Meri said...

I love the first photo. Mary and Jesus are color coordinated, and his hands are raised in benediction to bless her. Like mother, like son. . .

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the festivities with us. I love your Haiku.

Gloria said...

Now this is truly divine. Beautiful shrines, great photos and wonderful celebration to our Mary. Thank you.

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

I wish I could experience this some time. Love the photos and the story that brings archetypal sacred into the every day.

A Cuban In London said...

Your post brought back memories of the first time I attended a classical music concert at the st Francis Convent in Havana. It was many years ago around my birthday when the clocks go back and the nights draw in early. I loved the surroundings (it was a candle lit event) and the music, of course. Many thanks. That was a beautiful post.

Greetings from London.


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