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The Virgin of Guadalupe

The Virgin of Guadalupe

On December 9, 1531, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared before Juan Diego an indigenous peasant and gave him orders to request from the Bishop that a shrine be built at Tepeyac Hill, (the outskirts of what is now Mexico City) where she promised to pour out her grace upon those who invoked her. When he approached The Bishop, he did not believe Juan Diego, and asked for a sign that her apparition was true.

On December 12th, Juan Diego returned to the Tepeyac Hill where the Virgin then asked him to climb up the hill and pick flowers, he followed directions and stuffed them in his cloak. When he went before the Bishop and unraveled his mantle, the vibrant colorful roses fell to the floor and the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak in place of the flowers.

The shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world. The original mantle has remained intact without wearing down or discoloration, it is displayed at the shrine and many have come to see this miraculous image. On December 12th, the pilgrimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe is extremely popular. It is also accustomed to greet her in the early morning with the “Mananitas” a serenade where her children (followers) sing along and pray to her on the date of her apparition or as many would say her birthday. This is followed by a procession and mass in honor of her continuous love for Mexico and the Americas.

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