The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe honors Mary as the Queen of the Americas, and recalls her apparitions to the indigenous man, Saint Juan Diego.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, celebrated each year on Dec. 12, honors Mary as the Queen of the Americas, and recalls her apparitions to the indigenous man, Saint Juan Diego—canonized in 2002. The Hispanic community customarily celebrates a nine-day novena leading up to the feast. On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was held at the Church of St. Mary in Sleepy Eye. The early evening Mass, all in Spanish, was celebrated by the Most Reverend John M. LeVoir, bishop of the Diocese of New Ulm and concelebrated by Msgr. Eugene Lozinski, pastor of St. Mary’s. The Mass included a variety of elements: processions, costumed native dances (called Matachines) and people offering bouquets of roses to Our Lady. The Matachine dancers pictured, came from Marshall.