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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe by Brenda Nippert

Artist Narrative:

In 1531, Our Lady appeared in Mexico to a peasant named Juan Diego. She called herself “The Mother of the True God that Gives Life.” She appeared as a Mexican Indian princess and asked Juan to tell the Bishop to build a church where she appeared. The Bishop asked for a sign that she was from God. In response, she made roses bloom in mid-winter and then arranged them in Juan's tilma to take to the Bishop. They weren't just any roses though – they were dark pink Castillion roses, that only grew in the Bishop's home back in Spain. When Juan released the roses, the Bishop fell to his knees.

He was overwhelmed not only by the personal roses, but by the image of Mary as Juan had seen her that was imprinted on the cloth of the tilma. The church was built and millions were converted. Many, many miracles have taken place in connection with the image and the tilma is still preserved in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Modern science cannot figure out to this day how the image was made and why it has not turned to dust centuries ago. As the world continually reaches for God, Our lady of Guadalupe has become known as the star of the new evangelization.

Her feast day is December 12.

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Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, that in thy celestial apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, thou didst promise to show thy compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting thee, seek thy help and call upon thee in their necessities and afflictions.

Thou didst promise to hearken to our supplications, to dry our tears and to give us consolation and relief. Never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, either for the common welfare, or in personal anxieties, was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Mary, ever Virgin Mother of the True God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves in thy august presence, certain that thou wilt deign to fulfill thy merciful promises. We are full of hope that, standing beneath thy shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor need we fear illness, or misfortune, or any other sorrow.

Thou hast decided to remain with us through thy admirable image, thou who art our Mother, our health and our life. Placing ourselves beneath thy maternal gaze and having recourse to thee in all our necessities we need do nothing more. O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer us. (Here mention your petition.)

Five Hail Marys...in gratitude for the four apparitions to Juan Diego and the one to Juan Bernardino.