“According to tradition, Mary appeared to Juan Diego, who was an Aztec convert to Christianity, on December 9 and again on December 12, 1531. During her first apparition she requested that a shrine to her be built on the spot where she appeared, Tepeyac Hill (now in a suburb of Mexico City). The bishop demanded a sign before he would approve construction of a church, however. Mary then appeared a second time to Juan Diego and ordered him to collect roses. In a second audience with the bishop, Juan Diego opened his cloak, letting dozens of roses fall to the floor and revealing the image of Mary imprinted on the inside of the cloak—the image that is now venerated in the Basilica of Guadalupe. … Our Lady of Guadalupe holds a special place in the religious life of Mexico and is one of the most popular religious devotions. Her image has played an important role as a national symbol of Mexico.”
To find out more about the history, click here: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Our-Lady-of-Guadalupe-patron-saint-of-Mexico . This is also the source of the material above.
Here at our parish
Our celebration starts December 3rd with prayers and culminates on the 11th & 12th of December with the festival. Everyone is welcome to join us for any and all of it. Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2021 celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe possible. Please check back later this year for information on the 2022 celebration and how you can help.