CORONATION OF OUR LADY OF LA LECHE
OCTOBER 9TH & 10TH
We will live stream the Coronation Mass, Sunday, October 10th at 2:00 pm in the SJPII hall for those who are unable to attend in person.
In the early 1600s, Spanish settlers brought with them to the New World a special devotion to Our Lady of La Leche y Buen Parto. Four hundred years later, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche has kept this devotion alive through countless people of faith. And the Holy Father himself has recognized the importance and sanctity of this devotion by granting a Canonical Coronation for Our Lady of La Leche on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. This once-in-a-lifetime and completely unique event is an incredible blessing for the Diocese of St. Augustine and the oldest Marian shrine in the United States!
A canonical coronation is a formal act of the pope to crown an image of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, or St. Joseph in the name of the Holy Father. The crowning acknowledges that the specific image, while having local significance, also has universal importance for the Catholic Church as it pertains to the Salvation Christ won for us by the Paschal Mystery of his death and resurrection. The practice began in the 17th century but became increasingly popular in the late 1800s. Many people are familiar with a May crowning as many parishes and schools annually have one as a sign of their devotion to Mary. A canonical coronation is different in that this will only happen once to this specific image of Our Lady of La Leche.
Saturday, October 9
Afternoon Events Open to the Faithful
11:00 a.m. – Confession is available at the National Shrine Church
Noon – Mass, National Shrine Church
1-5 p.m. – Rosary Celebration – various groups will lead the rosary on the mission grounds throughout the day.
1:30 p.m. – Spanish Mass , National Shrine Church
2-5 p.m. – Eucharistic Adoration, National Shrine Church
5:00 p.m. – Reposition of the Holy Sacrament and quiet time until 6 p.m.
Evening Events for the youth, young adults, YCP and college pilgrims at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios, St. Augustine
6-7 p.m. – Opening Music, Worship and Prayer with Father Richard Pagano
7-8 p.m. – Candlelight Rosary
8-8:15 p.m. – Traditional Spanish Marian Lullabies at the Pavilion
8:15-9 p.m. – Exposition of the Most Holy Sacrament and Adoration
Sunday, October 10
Liturgy and Canonical Coronation at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
12:45 p.m. – Doors to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine open for ticketed guests. The faithful are invited to participate via live-stream in their parishes, Mission Nombre de Dios or the Santa Fe Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, High Springs.
2 p.m. – Mass and Canonical Coronation of Our Lady of La Leche begins with Cardinal Osoro Sierra, papal legate, as the principal celebrant. The crowning will follow the homily. The Consecration of the Diocese of St. Augustine to Jesus through Mary will follow the Communion rite.
4 p.m. – Procession of the newly crowned image of Our Lady of La Leche to the National Shrine (motorcar)
Afternoon Events at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche (101 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine) Open to the faithful
12:15 p.m. – Gates of the National Shrine open for pilgrims
1:15 p.m. – Rosary
2 p.m. – Pilgrims will view the Canonical Coronation of Our Lady of La Leche and Diocesan Consecration via live-stream on Jumbotron. Holy Communion will be distributed to pilgrims on the National Shrine grounds.
4 p.m. – Procession (motorcar) of the newly crowned image to the National Shrine. Procession of the image on the mission grounds. Bishop Estévez will recite the Our Lady of La Leche prayer with pilgrims. Private procession of Our Lady of La Leche across the Gannon Bridge for enthronement in the Historic Chapel. The National Shrine will close after Our Lady’s enthronement.
Monday, October 11
Feast Day of Our Lady of La Leche at the National Shrine, St. Augustine. Open to the public
Noon – Mass with Father Erlin Garcia, ICC, as celebrant
1:30 p.m. – Spanish Mass with Father Erlin Garcia, ICC, as celebrant
6 p.m. – Mass of Enthronement with Bishop Felipe Estévez as celebrant
Canonical Coronation Event Schedule
Santa Fe Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche
17155 NW U.S. Highway 441, High Springs
Friday, October 1
The final day of the Rosary Congress, which is dedicated to Our Lady of La Leche. A Novena to Our Lady of La Leche begins
9:00 a.m. – 24-hour Adoration
6:00 p.m. – Rosary
Friday, October 8
6:00 p.m. – Mass celebrated by Cardinal Carlos Osoro Sierra, papal legate, and Bishop Felipe Estévez. at St. Madeleine Sofie Catholic Church, High Springs
Sunday, October 10
For pilgrims who can’t attend the events at the National Shrine in St. Augustine or their parish.
7:30 a.m. – Mass in parish church
8:30 a.m. – Rosary
10 a.m. – Interactive Outdoor Balloon Rosary
11:30 a.m. – Mass
12:30 p.m. – Eucharistic Procession with Our Lady of La Leche
1:00 p.m. – Lunch in the Pavilion
2 p.m. – Canonical Coronation of Our Lady of La Leche and the Consecration of the Diocese of St. Augustine to Jesus through Mary. The ceremony will be live-streamed from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine (Mass counts toward Sunday obligation).
Monday, October 11
Feast of Our Lady of La Leche
8:30 a.m. – Mass
9 a.m. – Rosary