Practicing Belief: The Activities and Rituals of Las Guadalupanas

  • Theresa L. Torres


These lines are from a popular hymn, a variant of the traditional birthday song, “Las mañanitas,” which the Guadalupanas sing as they serenade Our Lady of Guadalupe in front of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Kansas City. The Guadalupanas are strongly committed to their Virgin Guadalupe and believe that she is their protector. This song and other traditional Guadalupan hymns are examples of the strength of their popular religious expression. This chapter focuses on the Guadalupanas as a group. The chapter’s primary focus is on how they collectively engage and participate in religious celebrations and organizational activities, such as singing hymns, within their religious and social contexts. This collective engagement is la fuerza, the strength of their solidarity and commitment, as they collaborate and continue their mission.


Kansas City Mexican American Woman Sacred Heart Community Commitment Parish Church 
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