Friday, December 11, 2009, 1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
The main entrance of Saint Mary Cathedral is found on 10th Street, near Brazos. Stairs lead up to the grand arches framing the main entrance. A handicap accessible entrance may be found on the east side of the Cathedral, where a ramp leads into a side entrance.
Saint Mary Cathedral would like to invite everyone to a play on Our Lady of Guadalupe. The play will be performed on Friday December 11, 2009 at 1 PM in the Cathedral. Come and enjoy an afternoon with children actors who have been practicing for several months. A theater specialist directed and prepared the children after they went through many auditions. The play is centered on the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe that took place in 1531.
The children will enact the apparitions St. Juan Diego witnessed as he was walking from his home village to Mexico City. Early on the morning of December 9,1531, St. Juan Diego saw a vision of a young girl of fifteen or sixteen, surrounded by light; this occurred on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyec. Speaking in the local language of Nahuatl, she asked for a church to be built at the site in her honor. From her words, St. Juan Diego recognized her as the Virgin Mary. When he told his story to the Bishop, Fray Juan de Zumarraga, the bishop asked him to return and ask the lady for a miraculous sign to prove her claim. On December 12, 1531 the Virgin asked St. Juan Diego to gather some flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill, even though it was winter when no flowers bloomed. There, he found Castilian roses (which were of the Bishop’s native home, but not indigenous to Tepeyac). He gathered them, and the Virgin herself re-arranged them in his tilma, or peasant cloak. When St. Juan Diego presented the roses to the Bishop, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe miraculously appeared imprinted on the cloth of Diego’s tilma.
The child actors are from Cedar Park and Round Rock. They are home schooled and belong to a group called www.fischegroups.org
. Please join them for refreshments at the Bishop’s Hall after the Play.