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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Liturgical information from the Office of the Bishop regarding the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

This year the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) falls on a Saturday, and we would like to offer the following clarification in order to assist you to plan the Liturgy at your Parish, especially regarding the Saturday evening Mass.

The celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the United States has the rank of Feast. This is different than in other countries, especially Mexico, where it is a Solemnity. 

According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) and the Universal nNrms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar:

“Feasts are celebrated within the limits of the natural day; accordingly they have no First Vespers (Evening Prayer I), except in the case of Feasts of the Lord that fall on a Sunday in Ordinary Time or in Christmas Time and which replace the Sunday Office.” (n. 13)

Moreover, according to the Table of Liturgical days, in order of precedence, the Sundays of Advent (rank I, number 2) have a more preeminent rank than a Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary (rank 2, number 7).


On Saturday, December 12 during the day and BEFORE the Sunday anticipated Mass (Vigil Mass), the proper Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated:  Proper prayers and readings, Gloria, no Creed. White Vestments.

At the time of the Sunday anticipated Mass (Vigil Mass), the THIRD SUNDAY of Advent is to be celebrated: Proper prayers and readings of the Third Sunday of Advent. No Gloria. The Creed is said. Purple or rose vestments.

However, as Pope Paul VI reminded us (see Marialis Cultus, n. 4) the Advent Season “should be considered as a time particularly suited to devotion to the Mother of the Lord.” Thus, according to the pastoral discretion of the celebrant, an appropriate element or elements honoring our Blessed Mother could be included during the Saturday Evening Mass. A suitable hymn, prayer and/or flower offering can be integrated to the Liturgy.

Rev. Fr. Alexander Q. Castillo
Priest Secretary to Bishop Barber


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The Diocesan Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place on December 5.  Details will be available soon.