Pilgrimage to Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2007

On November 26-29, 2007, faithful from different areas of the US assembled in Mexico City on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Led by Father Jean-Marie Moreau of St. Joseph's Oratory in Green Bay, they had three very intense days of prayer and devotions.

On the first full day, after the awesome experience of venerating the miraculous image of Our Lady imprinted on St. Juan Diego's tilma, the pilgrims were able to hold Mass celebrated by Father Moreau in the small chapel built upon Tepeyac hill, the very spot of Our Lady's apparitions in 1531. The group was joined on the second day by Msgr. R. Michael Schmitz, who celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass inside the Basilica of the Shrine with the image of Our Lady fully in view. On this day, the pilgrims also venerated the relics of Blessed Miguel Pro, who on November 23, 80 years ago, had been martyred crying, "Viva Cristo Rey!" ("Long Live Christ the King!").

Perhaps the crowning moment of the pilgrimage was the High Mass offered by Msgr. Schmitz at the main altar of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City (images may be viewed separately) on the last day, arranged by Una Voce Mexico. This was the first time that Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite had been celebrated in that venerable building for nearly four decades..

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