Wednesday, December 6th: DEPARTURE -Mexico City Delta Flight 365 departs Atlanta at 12:18PM and arrives in Mexico City at 2:50PM. We'll check into our hotel - the Hilton Mexico City, have dinner, and then walk to the Ballet Folkórico de México. We'll see Mexican culture at its finest, featuring regional folk dances in whirling colors.
Thursday, December 7th: OUR LADY OF COVADONGA - XOCHIMILCO We'll begin our day with a visit to La Votiva Church where we will celebrate Mass. After Mass, we will drive to Polanco to visit the Church of Our Lady of Covadonga. We continue on to Xochimilco, on the outskirts of Mexico City. We'll visit the beautiful natural setting of Xochimilco, adjacent to the famous Floating Gardens, home to the Dolores Olmedo Museum. We'll see one of its treasures - the small Tzomolco chapel, consecrated to St. John the Evangelist. We'll finish this first full day with dinner at a local restaurant together.
Friday, December 8th: MEXICO CITY We'll visit the Zocalo and view Templo Mayor, an Aztec temple recently discovered in the heart of modern Mexico City. It was built in the 14th century in honor of the Aztec god of war and god of water. We'll continue on to visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, the oldest and largest cathedral in the Americas. Next we visit the Plaza of Santo Domingo, the first church built by the Dominicans in 1576. Housed within is the first rosary shrine in Mexico, Our Lady of the Rosary. We'll return to the hotel to participate in a live radio broadcast hosted by Father Dave and Lino, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Saturday, December 9th: TULPETLAC - TEOTIHUACAN Today we'll start with a visit to the Church of the Holy Family which houses the martyred remains of a young Jesuit priest named Fr. Miguel Pro. Blessed Miguel Pro was martyred on November 23, 1927, and beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988. At the time of Pro's death, Mexico was under rule of the fiercely anti- clerical and anti-Catholic President Plutarco Elias Calles who had begun a fierce persecution of religion. We'll celebrate Mass here and then visit the neighboring Museum of Fr. Pro, which recalls moments of his life and martyrdom. Late morning, we'll continue to Tupletlacwhere Juan Diego’s uncle was cured and we'll see the church of the fifth apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Juan Diego. In the afternoon we'll head to Teotihuacan, the country's true first city. Teotihuacan ('the place where the gods were created') thrived between 500 B.C. and 700 A.D. We will explore the ancient Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, the grand Avenue of the Dead and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and others. We'll conclude our day with dinner together at a local restaurant.
Sunday, December 10th: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE We'll visit the Church of Santiago de Tlalteloco, baptismal site of St. Juan Diego. We'll then head to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We'll tour the Basilica and the surrounding areas, including the Old Guadalupe Shrine. Here we will learn the story of Juan Diego: the miraculous story of conversion, healing, and the lasting sign of Our Lady’s fidelity to the Mexican People, and join our prayers with those of other pilgrims as we kneel before the altar displaying the astounding Tilma, the sackcloth bearing the image of the Holy Virgin. We'll climb to the top of Tepeyac hill where Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego. We will visit the Guadalupe Museum, which houses the beautiful marble statue depicting the scene of St. Juan Diego giving Bishop Zumarraga the sign. We'll celebrate our final Mass together at the Cathedral and then have a concluding dinner, that combines great Mexican food, culture, dance and song.
Monday, December 11th: DEPARTURE Sadly, the pilgrimage is over. We will check-out and board the bus for the airport. Delta Flight 335 departs Mexico City at 8:55 AM and arrives in Atlanta at 1:11PM.