Guam - Island Catholics are preparing for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception scheduled tomorrow, a celebration marked with the annual procession in Hagatna. Laura Souder is honoring a family tradition as the caretaker for the statue of Santa Maria Kamalen. She and her friends and family worked feverishly this afternoon to decorate the stand the statue will be carried on during the procession.
The celebration begins tomorrow at 3:30 with a rosary, followed by a novena, then the procession will begin starting in front of the Hagatna Cathedral. Souder says she never misses the event and expects thousand to attend this year. "Can't really say how many thousands, 'cause it varies sometimes 6,000, 8,000, 10,000 depending, but I'm very hopeful the church has been loaded with devotees every evening for the novena, so there is every reason to believe that everyone will come out to honor Santa Maria tomorrow," she explained.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the belief in the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary. It is celebrated nine months before the nativity of Mary, which is celebrated on December 8.