In Mexico the predominant religion is Roman Catholic. Many people marry first
in civil ceremony and then in a church following Catholic traditions. Human sacrificed a practice the Spaniards found particularly
obhorrent predisposed the Aztecs to readily accept the concept of consuming the body and blood of Christ in the celebration
of the holy Eucharist. Likewise, it was not a stretch for the indians to substitute adoration of the virgin Mary for worship
of Tonantzin their mother figure.
One of the most significant religious event of the colonial period was the apparition of the virgin Mary (1531). Elizondo
became a leader in bringing Mexican religious customs and traditions into the Catholic service. One of the annual Christmas
Posada, the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph, with the couple trekking through the neighborhood and being turned away at city
hall the courthouse before finding shelter in the Cathedral.