On 9 December 1531, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, which is near Mexico City today. She sent him to request of Bishop Zumárraga the building of a shrine there, where she promised to pour out her grace upon those who invoked her. The bishop asked Juan Diego to present proof of the apparition. On 12 December, Our Lady sent Juan Diego to gather roses. Despite the cold of winter, he found roses in bloom and gathered them within his cloak, or tilma. Our Lady arranged the roses and sent them with Juan Diego to the bishop as proof. Opening his tilma, the roses fell to the ground and there remained impressed upon the tilma the image of Our Lady, the apparition at Tepeyac.
The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe depicts Mary with native features. Gold stars cover her blue mantle and the black girdle about her waist signifies pregnancy. The moon is beneath her feet and one of the angels supports her.
The image reveals that Christ is to be born again among the peoples of the New World. The message of the image is as relevant to those of the New World today as during the lifetime of Juan Diego.
(A copy of this narrative is included with each plaque, print and photo.)
Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
make intercession for the Holy Church,
protect the sovereign Pontiff,
help all those who invoke you in their necessities,
and since you are the ever Virgin Mary
and Mother of the true God,
obtain for us from your most holy Son
the grace of keeping our faith,
of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life
of burning charity, and the precious gift
of final perseverance. Amen
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
La Oración a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Santa María de Guadalupe, Mística Rosa,
intercede por la Iglesia, protege al Soberano
Pontífice, oye a todos los que te invocan en sus
necesidades. Así como pudiste aparecer en el
Tepeyac y decirnos: "Soy la siempre Virgen
María, Madre del verdadero Dios", alcánzanos
de tu Divino Hijo la conservación de la Fe. Tu
eres nuestra dulce esperanza en las amarguras
de esta vida. Danos un amor ardiente y la
gracia de la perseverancia final. Amén.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Spanish Prayer Cards only.)
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