Our Lady of Guadalupe feast practice
Rosalia Ortis wears a hand-made vest while she practices for the Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day at the Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Beaumont on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006. The feast of importance to the Hispanic community will be on Dec. 12.
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Alvaro Rico explains the dance steps to dancers during practice for the Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day at the Cristo Rey Catholic Church.
(Above) Dancers practice for the Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day at the church.
(Right) Araceli Alfaro practices for the feast day at the church.
The feast is in honor of the Virgin Mary who first appeared to Juan Diego, a converted Aztec Indian, 475 years ago.
(Above) Araceli Alfaro shakes a rattle during practice for the feast day at the church.
(Left) Valentin Ortis (left) laughs while Jose Flores (right) strums guitar during dance practice for the feast day at the church.
When the virgin appeared, she gave Juan Diego out-of-season roses as a sign to convince a bishop to build her a shrine in Mexico.
(Right) A lighted cross awaits finishing touches for the feast day at the church.
When Juan Diego opened the cloak to show the Bishop the roses, the now famous image of the virgin appeared. The cloth now hangs in a basilica in Mexico City.
(Below) Dancers practice for the Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day at the church.
Please read "Southeast Texans prepare to honor La Virgen de Guadalupe" by Robert Lopez.
Images are part of the faces of immigration series.