Solemn Blessing Day Details
The public is invited to attend the Diocese of Orange’s unveiling of the Our Lady of La Vang Shrine, a contemporary outdoor display that serves as a testament to the remarkable journey of the Vietnamese-American people — from war and persecution to a new reality where faith and community are vibrant and ascendant. The 12-foot tall Virgin Mary statue resembles how she is believed to have appeared before a group of persecuted Vietnamese Catholics in 1798 in a rainforest of Vietnam. Since then, Our Lady of La Vang has represented hope, faith and promise to Vietnamese Catholics around the world.
When: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., July 17. Musical prelude goes from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Shrine blessing is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., following by an outdoor Mass. Evening entertainment is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.Because of thousands of attendees expected, high amounts of street traffic are anticipated, so media is urged to arrive early.
Where: Christ Cathedral campus, 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove
Livestream: Solemn blessing ceremony and Mass will be livestreamed on the Diocese’s YouTube and Facebook channels, with live commentary in both English and Vietnamese