Regional Mexican singer William Garza to serenade our Lady of Guadalupe in DTLA
LOS ANGELES: The millennial Regional Mexican singer William Garza serenades Our Lady of Guadalupe on the eve of her feast day with his band La Banda Ahuis.
Thousands of devout Catholics are expected to pack the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles during the annual celebration to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 11, the eve of her Feast Day, when a roster of singers will serenade the Virgin.
Millennial Regional Mexican singer was born in San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, Mexico, and was raised in Denver, Colorado. In 2013 he moved to Los Angeles to begin his musical career and in 2014 he published his first promotional album as a soloist. In 2016, he released his first album. Recently, he released the video of his new song, "Ahora que lo sabes" (Now that you know it). He will perform at Cathedral with his own band, La Banda Ahuis.
The celebration recalls the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to St. Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico, in December 1531, when she left her image on his tilma, or cloak. The relic, or piece of the tilma inside the Cathedral was a present to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from the Archbishop of Mexico City in appreciation and friendship after Los Angeles Archbishop John J. Cantwell led a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City in the early 1940s. Given the natural agave fibers used to make the tilma, experts say it is miraculous that the relic at the Cathedral in Los Angeles, and the rest of the tilma in Mexico City, have survived for almost five centuries.
The celebration is possible with the support of Catholic Communication Collaboration (C3) and Sprint, Catholic Cemeteries and Mortuaries, Tacos Gavilán, Vallarta Supermarkets, Mexican kitchen and bakery El Gallo Giro, EWTN Español and María Visión.