|Image of the tiny Virgin of Suyapa, carried in procession.|
|Candlelight procession of local Catholic school students (above and below)|
following the vehicle bearing the image of Our Lady of Suyapa.
The vigil celebration of the solemnity began with a procession originating at the cathedral and continuing ten blocks to the chapel of Suyapita. The Virgin of Suyapa was arrayed with lights and flowers and borne on the back of a pickup truck. Hundreds of Catholc school students carrying candles, a marching band, military personnel and hundreds of other Catholic faithful followed. Hundreds more were waiting for the procession at the outdoor stage where Mass would be celebrated.
|Platform for the large, outdoor Mass.|
|Members of the Honduran Air Force standing guard|
near the image of Our Lady of Suyapa, who is their special patroness.
Bishop Michael Lenihan celebrated Mass, which included lots of lively music, a vibrant offertory procession, and the "presentation" of a 40 day old infant girl with the name "Suyapa."
|Bishop Michael Lenihan, OFM, and servers preparing to begin Mass.|
|The bishop receiving an offertory gift from a Garifuna dancer.|
(The Garifunas are an Honduran ethnic group of African descent.)
|Bishop Michael presenting 40 day old "Suyapa" at the Mass.|
|Pilgrims praying at the Suyapita Chapel.|
|Fr. Herald with a woman and her children after Mass|
in the chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, El Sauce, La Ceiba.