Juan Carlos Mendez will wear a monkey costume to church next weekend to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico.
Sporting a furry suit, a coconut brassiere and a red flower behind one ear, Mendez will crack a whip at up to 15 other dancers as they stamp, two-step and jingle their way up the aisles of Our Lady’s Cathedral, 3214 Lake Ave.
The performance at 5 p.m. Dec. 10 will open a Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. Eusebius Beltran, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, to usher in the Dec. 12 feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a major holiday in Mexico. [Source]
Will the entrance him be Devo’s Whip it?
In between dances in Urbina’s yard, the dancers formed a half-circle around the portrait of Our Lady, bowed their heads and prayed together. Mendez said the dancers believe when prayers are directed to Our Lady of Guadalupe, she will intercede on their behalf.
“She helps God hear our prayers,” he said.
Arggh, not exactly the best definition of intercessory prayer. Our Lady of Guadalupe as hearing aid.