Dozens of parishioners of St. Anthony Parish, Liberal, and seven dance troops from across the area took part in a prayerful and musical procession from Blue Bonnet Park in Liberal to St. Anthony Parish as part of the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“It was astounding to me that each year the devotion of the Hispanics produces such enthusiasm and effort,” said Father Jim Dieker, pastor. “Most of the dance groups started preparing in September. The number of young people involved was astounding too. It is a beautiful effort of faith.”
The dancers, or danzantss, according to Sister Angela Erevia, MCDP, are not just dancing to entertain. “Their dance is a prayer of thanksgiving, hope and community.”
The celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe honors the story of Juan Diego and his meeting with the Holy Mother in the hills outside of what became Mexico City in 1531.