The annual Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is an important occasion at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish-Ysleta Mission in El Paso, Texas. Our Lady who appeared to St. Juan Diego on a hill in Mexico City in 1531 comforts and inspires Ysleta’s parishioners as she does faithful people across the United States and Latin America.
To honor Our Lady and to encourage El Paso’s residents to greater faith, the men and women of Ysleta processed along their city's streets. We share with you above a short video of this procession (click on the image to see it), which shows Franciscans and parishioners walking past a magnificent mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In the images we see the San Damiano Cross as well as members of the region’s indigenous community who are celebrating their faith and ancient culture. We notice how large the processing group is. Dozens and dozens of people walk by before our eyes, people to whom faith is something that one lives on a daily basis through acts that reflect Jesus to the world.