Fri 12Dec 2008 - Feast O.L. GUADALUPE - Patron of the Americas and Pro-Life Movement


“Rejoice: the Lord is nigh.” As Christmas draws near, the Church emphasizes the joy which should be in our hearts over all that the birth of our Savior means for us. The great joy of Christians is to see the day drawing nigh when the Lord will come again in His glory to lead them into His kingdom. The oft-repeated Veni (“Come”) of Advent is an echo not only of the prophets but also of the conclusion of the Apocalypse of St. John: “Come, Lord Jesus,” the last words of the New Testament. In 1910 Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared Patroness of Latin America, and in 1945 Pope Pius XII declared Her to be the Empress of all the Americas. She appeared to an Indian convert named Juan Diego on December 9, 1531. She left a marvelous portrait of herself on the mantle of Juan Diego. This miraculous image has proved to be ageless, and is kept in the shrine built in her honor, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The above link contains further information including story of Juan Diego.


This morning, our parish celebrated Las Mananitas from 2 AM - 6 AM. Mariachis sang to the Virgin, there was an hour of adoration with a homily, and many parish groups sang their own songs of praise to individually honor her. I wasn’t able to stay for the whole thing, but it’s a beautiful celebration which gives you the sense that miracles really are possible.


That is wonderful. Where is it in DC? are you from the Sacred Heart parish? I used to go there.


Not the Sacred Heart parish, although there are numerous churches in the area (maybe 10?) that have celebrations on this scale.

During part of our celebration, a band of “professional” mariachis came to accompany us. This is a group with a special devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and they spent the entire night traveling around the DC area and playing at the parishes having these celebrations.


Beautiful, thank you Barb!

Our parish did a beautiful, outdoor recreation of Tepeyac Hill… lovingly constructed, and adorned with the most beautiful flowers and lights! Atop this hill (which was a good 15 feet in height)… under an arch of roses… stands a beautiful, large statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Last night, (Dec. 11th) at the Vigil Mass… there was a procession, Mariachi band and shouts of “¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!”… rang out, into the night!

Our Pastor, who is of Irish descent… spoke, with tears in his eyes today… of how the faith of our Latino brothers and sisters at this Vigil Mass… touched his own heart… and reminded him of his home in Ireland, which was near the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

When Father spoke these words, it reminded me… of how MUCH all of us have in common… as children of the One God. And as children of the Immaculate Virgin Mary.

No matter what title, She is honored under… we are ALL Her children! And She leads us ALL to Her Son, Jesus! :heart: :slight_smile:


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