Local Vietnamese community celebrates Mary
Our Lady of La Vang Mission Church celebrated the 24th annual Convention of Our Lady of La Vang New Orleans May 7 with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond at the church’s elevated outdoor altar. Before the Mass, parishioners processed around the block with a statue of Our Lady of La Vang, and children performed elaborate liturgical dances.
The annual Vietnamese celebration of the Blessed Mother was held May 7 at Our Lady of La Vang Mission in New Orleans. Archbishop Gregory Aymond greets a child who presented him flowers at Mass’ end.
The Vietnamese community at Mary Queen of Vietnam and its mission church Our Lady of La Vang held the annual Marian feast with a three-day event “Joining Our Mother of La Vang to Live in Union,” including a procession May 7 around the block of Our Lady of La Vang (near the University of New Orleans), followed by a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond. There were traditional Vietnamese dances with flowers to the Blessed Mother, who appeared to the people in La Vang in 1798, Marian hymns and a food festival with typical Vietnamese foods.