Here are a few photos from the annual Serenada to Our Lady of Guadalupe at Holy Name of Mary. Organized by the Spanish Ministry--and starting at 3:30 in the morning with the recitation of the rosary--your editor has been attending this event for many years now. It ends at 7 am--a night of song, prayer, more singing, a bi-lingual mass at 5 am, more music, lots of color, and finally a light traditional meal in the church itself.
For those who don't know, the Serenada is a special celebration honoring the Virgin Mary on the eve of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe--and extremely well attended at Holy Name. This feast day is recognized in much of Latin America, especially Mexico. Residents also bring in their icons and statues to be blessed and there are abundant offerings of flowers and sometimes food. If you have an opportunity, stop into the church to see it all. The statue from the Grotto in Vassallo, the flowers, etc. will remain on display throughout most of the day.
Click on the photos below, all rights reserved. Copies will be sent to the parish secretary. For more about the Spanish Ministry at Holy Name of Mary, visit http://www.holynameofmary.org/ministries/28-hispanic-outreach