Our Lady of Altagracia Honored in Williamsburg (with slide show)

Parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul parish, Williamsburg, gathered at Epiphany Church Jan. 21 and processed to SS. Peter and Paul Church with an icon of Our Lady of Altagracia, patroness of the Dominican Republic.  Msgr. Agripino Nunez Collado, rector of Mother and Teacher Pontifical University in the Dominican Republic, was the main celebrant of the liurgy.  Concelebrating was Father Manuel de Jesus Rodriguez, pastor.  They were assisted at the altar by Deacon Juan Carattini and seminarian Carlos Velasquez.  The icon of Altagracia is a portrait of Mary and the Child Jesus that was brought to the Caribbean country by Spanish settlers in the early 16th century.