Our Lady Of Guadalupe-Friday 12/12

 

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, also called the Virgin of Guadalupe (SpanishNuestra Señora de Guadalupe or Virgen de Guadalupe) is a 16th century Roman CatholicMexican icon representing an apparition of the Virgin Mary. It is perhaps Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image. Guadalupe’s feast day is celebrated on December 12, commemorating the traditional account of her appearances to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City from December 91531 throughDecember 121531.

The Virgin of Guadalupe is a symbol of significant importance to Catholics. Mainstream Catholics believe that Guadalupe was a manifestation of the Virgin Mary in theAmericas and recognize her as “Empress of the Americas.” The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is the second most visited Roman Catholic shrine in the world.

The Virgin of Guadalupe has also symbolized the Mexican nation since Mexico’s War of Independence. Both Miguel Hidalgo and Emiliano Zapata‘s armies traveled underneath Guadalupan flags, and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is generally recognized as a symbol of all Mexicans. The Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes once said that “…one may no longer consider himself a Christian, but you cannot truly be considered a Mexican unless you believe in the Virgin of Guadalupe.”

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One thought on “Our Lady Of Guadalupe-Friday 12/12

  1. Ms. Bahkta and all at Good Shepherd,

    Thank you for posting this reminder of Our Lady’s feast day. She has been an incredible influence in my life. I am witness to Her actions on our behalf with Her Son, Jesus. Peace be with you all on this wonderful day.

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