Archbishop Jose Gomez to Celebrate Los Angeles' 234th Birthday with Grand Marian Procession, Votive Mass and Fiesta on Saturday, August 29, 2015, starting at 3:00 p.m.

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Los Angeles Archdiocese, the Queen of Angels Foundation, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles, and the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora, Reina de Los Angeles (La Placita) to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels, LA's Patroness, in celebration of LA's 234th Birthday

LA Archdiocese 5th Annual Los Angeles City Birthday Celebration

"This beautiful celebration is a celebration of deep faith, rich culture and vibrant diversity of our great city of angels." Archbishop Jose Gomez.

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the Los Angeles Archdiocese will celebrate Los Angeles' 234th birthday with a procession, Mass and feast in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Angels, for whom the city is named: “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles”. The event, now in its 5th consecutive year, will bring together L.A.’s multicultural communities and is made possible by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, The Queen of Angels Foundation, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles (the Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, “La Placita”).

The public is invited to join the festivities on Saturday, August 29, 2015 starting with a Votive Mass at 3:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, celebrated by Archbishop Gomez; followed by the Grand Marian Procession at 4:30 p.m. to the Our Lady Queen of Angels Church “La Placita” in Olvera Street for a benediction at 5:30 p.m.

Archbishop Gomez calls on the entire Catholic community and all those who venerate Mary to come together and honor the Patroness of Los Angeles, invoking her protection and guidance for this City we all love so much – renewing a tradition dating back to the moment of the city’s founding in 1781, and continued faithfully for a century thereafter.

“The City of Los Angeles was named after the Virgin Mary, Our Lady Queen of Angels, so that our city would always be under her protection and would bask in her love and mercy,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez. “This beautiful procession is a celebration of the deep faith, rich culture and vibrant diversity of our great city of angels.”

Banners, flags, color guards and bagpipers will highlight the processional parade which starts at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and will end at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church “La Placita” with the benediction. The event organizer, Los Angeles business litigation lawyer and founder of the Queen of Angels Foundation, Mark Anchor Albert, stated: “On behalf of the Queen of Angels Foundation, I’d like to thank Archbishop Gomez for his continued support of the procession. It’s an honor to see the Los Angeles Catholic community come together every year to pray to The Blessed Mother and the Queen of Angels.”

There is no charge for admission. Paid and street parking are available, and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, or to make a contribution, visit: http://www.thequeenofangels.com

Event Timetable:
3:00 PM – Votive Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral
4:30 PM – Grand Marian Procession through downtown Los Angeles, departing from Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, and arriving at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church “La Placita”
5:00 PM – Grand Marian Procession arrives at the Our Lady Queen of Angels Church “La Placita”
5:30 PM – Benediction at the Our Lady Queen of Angels Church “La Placita”

About the Queen of Angels Foundation
The Queen of Angels Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit religious corporation dedicated to fostering devotion to Our Lady of the Angels as the patroness and protector of the City, County and Archdiocese which bear her name. The City of Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781 in honor of the Blessed Virgin, Queen of Angels (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Ángeles).

Event Contact Information:
Media: Adriana Martinez Barron
Phone: (323) 785-5514 (main); (818) 471-3886 (cell)
Procession Contact: Mark Anchor Albert, Chairman
Phone: (213) 687-2645
Email: albert(at)thequeenofangels(dot)com

The Queen of Angels Foundation
Website: http://www.thequeenofangels.com; http://archla.org/qoa; http://www.olacathedral.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/queenofangelsfoundation

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