Monday, December 11, 2006

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, near Mexico City, is one of the most celebrated places of pilgrimage in North America. On December 9, 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to an Indian convert, Juan Diego, and left with him a picture of herself impressed upon his cloak. As Our Lady of Guadalupe the Blessed Virgin is the Patron of the Americas.

from the Catholic Encyclopedia:
Guadalupe is strictly the name of a picture, but was extended to the church containing the picture and to the town that grew up around. The word is Spanish Arabic, but in Mexico it may represent certain Aztec sounds.
This Marian Feast is especially celebrated in Mexico and Latin America, but is also celebrated in the United States and the rest of North America.

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