Prince of Peace is a home for a growing number of young professional Vietnamese families residing in the Northwest area of Houston. The Vietnamese families are represented by bilingual, English and non-English speaking families. Elderly members are frequently attending daily and weekend Church services. A small number of families have congregated over the years to share cultural traditions to the POP Community.
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Annual Lunar New Year Celebration | Started by Father Tom Lam, our parochial priest in 2011, the Vietnamese Community have continued to carry the celebrated Annual Lunar New Year Mass and Celebration each year.
Our Lady of Lavang Shrine | We are delighted to have a new garden dedicated to Our Lady of Lavang on campus. With the expansion of the POP Church buildings, Father John Keller has expressed his desire to create a new garden to further welcome the Vietnamese families.
The new garden was constructed in the forest area to the west of Perry Rd entrance.A group of families from the Vietnamese Community have started the initial fundraising event to fund the cost of the construction of the garden. The proposed completion date was set to coincide with the festivities for the Annual Lunar New Year Mass and Celebration in early 2017. Two new benches have been added in October 2018 to complete the garden.
History of Our Lady of Lavang
Our Lady of La Vang is the central and national shrine of Vietnam, approximately 60 kilometers from the former capitol Huê. The name (La vang) is derived from a type of fern which used to grow in great quantities in the region. During the great persecution (1798-1801) many Christians took refuge in the jungle situated in proximity of Quang Tri, a village in central Vietnam, where they experienced hunger and sickness, and prepared themselves for martyrdom. One day, as the community was assembled in prayer, the figure of a lady surrounded by many lights, appeared to them. She presented herself as the Mother of God, encouraged and consoled them, and gave them a special sign of her loving care.
She advised the people to use the leaves of the fern to treat their ailments, and promised them to receive their prayers with maternal generosity. All who would congregate on this site to pray would be heard and their petitions granted. Mary appeared on several occasions at the same site. After the persecution in 1802, the Christians left their jungle hiding place and returned to their villages. However, the story of the apparition and its message was passed on. In 1820 a chapel was built at the apparition site. From 1820-1885 still another wave of persecution decimated the Christian population. More than 100,000 Vietnamese Christians died as martyrs. In 1885 the chapel in honor of Our Lady of La Vang was destroyed by a fanatic. A new chapel was built between 1886 and 1901 (consecration). Soon it was no longer able to hold the many pilgrims to La Vang, and in 1923 a new and bigger church was erected. It was consecrated in 1928 (August 22) in the presence of 20,000 pilgrims. Every three years a national pilgrimage was organized for the whole country which was to have a special meaning even after the separation of South and North. In 1959 La Vang was officially declared a national shrine, marking the 300 years of the Church's presence in Vietnam (AAS 51 (1959) 84-86). The Church of La Vang was made a basilica minor in 1961.