The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest and most diverse diocese, will celebrate the contributions to the Catholic Church of nearly 40 ethnic communities at the 15th annual Celebration of Cultures Mass on Saturday, June 22. Archbishop José H. Gomez will preside at a special Mass at 3:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown L.A. (555 W. Temple Street, 90012), which will start with a procession of cultural communities at 3 p.m.

“I look forward to this Mass every year because it is like a family reunion — with all our brothers and sisters from every nationality and ethnicity coming together as God’s family to worship and give thanks to our heavenly Father,” said Archbishop Gomez. “If you want to experience the power of the love of God, join us for this joyful celebration.”

Themed “I am the servant of the Lord,” the Mass is a celebration with prayer, song, and cultural expression of the Archdiocese’s diversity.

“This year, we come together as ‘Servants of the Lord,’ following the Blessed Mother’s example. Our theme this year was chosen from the Holy Father, Pope Francis’ words to the youth at World Youth Day,” said Maria Guadalupe Aguilar, member of the Executive Board of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Ethic Ministry. “We form the cultural diversity of the Archdiocese and come together as one to celebrate our culture and religiosity. We proudly wear our cultural attire to honor our ancestors and their legacy. We come from different cultures, but form one body, the Body of Christ.”

Highlights of the Mass include:

  • Procession of more than 25 communities will highlight an image of the Blessed Mother venerated in the community’s culture or group. Some communities will carry an image of the Patroness of their country of origin.
  • Each year, a different community participates with a liturgical dance from their culture in a procession before the Mass, known as prelude. This year’s prelude will be presented by the Mexican Community with Danza Guadalupana from Oxnard, a group of Matachines, who dance to the Blessed Mother or to a patron saint on their feast days.

– from a June 20 posting on ADLA Newsroom, L.A. archdiocese