Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe 2023 Wishes & Quotes -December 12! By fusing Christian and Aztec traditions, the Marian apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Virgen de Guadalupe), which occurred on December 12, 1531, gave rise to Mexico’s national emblem. Like the Mexican people, Our Lady of Guadalupe is a lady of mixed racial and ethnic heritage. In Mexico City’s Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Tepeyac Hill, the image-bearing gown is honored.
For Americans of Mexican origin, this day is particularly notable since Mary, the patron saint of Mexico is reputed to have appeared to a man twice in Mexico City in 1531. Over 10% of Americans, or 33.5 million people, claimed to be of full or partial Mexican ancestry in 2011, according to the US Census Bureau.
The apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego
When Juan Diego, a local and poor man, first saw Our Lady of Guadalupe in the sixteenth century, he gave her the Marian name. The description of this Marian apparition was written by scholar Antonio Valeriano in Juan Diego’s native language, Nahuatl, according to the Vatican News (an Aztec language).
On December 9, 1531, Juan Diego saw Mary on Tepeyac Hill, which motivated him to see his bishop, Fr. Juan de Zumarraga, asking him to build a church right there where she first appeared. Bishop Zumárraga was informed by Mary to appear to Juan Diego, but he didn’t believe her and sought proof.
Mary approached Juan Diego once more when he arrived at Tepeyac Hill. She told him to go and get a flower and bring it to the bishop, albeit it was winter. Juan Diego paid a visit to Bishop Zumárraga as he came back with the flowers in his tilma, or mantle.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which was built on the hill where Juan Diego, who was canonized in 2023, first encountered Mary, keeps the original time. In modern art and cathedrals all around the world, the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe from St. Juan Diego’s tilma is shown.
How to observe Our Lady of Guadalupe Day
- On this day, the Virgin Mary is honored with vibrant processions and parades all around the United States.
- Along with flowers and flags of the United States and Mexico, many often bring banners with the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
- Large Mexican American congregations in parishes observe this feast day with special prayers and Masses.
- Following Mass, individuals and families assemble around tables adorned with pink, blue, green, and red flowers to share a feast.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is observed in America.
- For Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, the Virgin Mary, commonly referred to as the Virgin of Guadalupe, is a profound symbol of devotion and identity. She inspires not just faithful Catholics but also artists and activists. Because of this, the Mexican and Latinx populations in the United States celebrate this Catholic holiday with zeal and passion.
- In America, from larger cities like Los Angeles to little towns like Mason City, Mexican Americans proudly display one of the most important symbols of their heritage and culture. For everyone, not only Catholics, the Lady of Guadalupe acts as a type of talisman and symbolizes a tight link to identity.
Upcoming Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
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