Hundreds of people gathered at Mission Dolores early Wednesday morning, many with roses for the Virgen de Guadalupe. Dec. 12 marks the annual celebration of the appearance of the Virgen in Mexico in the area of Tepeyac Hill.
A boy by the name of Juan Diego saw the Virgen on Dec. 12, 1531. The story goes that she asked the boy to ask the bishop for a church to be built there.
Mission Dolores has held a Virgen de Guadalupe mass and celebration every Dec. 12 since it was founded in 1797.