Thursday, December 9, 2010

Torch of Our Lady of Guadalupe coming to state

The Antorcha Guadalupana, the torch of Our Lady of Guadalupe, will be brought to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford Saturday for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at 7 p.m.

Runners have carried the torch from the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City in early October. At the end of its journey, the torch will have traveled through nine Mexican states and 13 U.S. states, according to a press release.

The Federation Guadalupana of Connecticut, composed of groups from Wallingford, West Haven, New Haven, Norwalk and Hartford, obtained special permission from Joel Magallan, the president of the Mexican Tepeyac organization, to transport the torch from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to Connecticut.

Runners who would like to carry the torch in one of those towns and cities Saturday need to call the following numbers to register: Norwalk, 203-434-1850, West Haven, 203-988-0634, New Haven, 203-737-0627, Wallingford, 860-525-2684, Hartford, 860-505-3399.

“The run is very symbolic because it brings together people from various states and thousands of families divided by multiple borders to pay tribute to the Virgin Mary,” said Pedro Ruiz, an organizer of the Federation Guadalupana of Connecticut. “The Mass at the cathedral will be very special and I hope that people from all cultures will come to pay tribute to the Blessed Mother.”

The Mass will include a procession of flags representing cultures that honor the Virgin Mary, a mariachi band and traditional songs.

According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant named Juan Diego, near Mexico City on Dec. 12, 1531. She asked him to build a church in her honor. Before leaving, she left her impression on his cloak as proof that she had spoken to him.

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