December 12 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patron Saint of Mexico, the Americas, the Unborn and Against Abortion
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico (Feast Date: December 12)
Extract from Our Lady of Guadalupe: “Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) is a celebrated 16th-century icon of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. The image, also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe (Spanish: Virgen de Guadalupe) represents a famous Marian apparition. According to the traditional account, the image appeared miraculously on the front of a simple peasant’s cloak. The image still exists; it is on display in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. She is said to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City between December 9 and December 12, 1531.” See picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron Saint of the Unborn (Feast Date: December 12)
In 1531 a ‘Lady from Heaven’ appeared on a hill northwest of what is now Mexico City. She identified herself as the ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God. She made a request for a church to be built on the hill-site and submitted her wish to the local Bishop. When the Bishop hesitated and requested a sign from her, the Mother of God obeyed the local bishop without delay or question and sent her native messenger Juan Diego to the top of the hill in mid-December to gather an assortment of roses for the Bishop. Pope John Paul II entrusted the cause of life to her loving protection and placed under her motherly care the innocent lives of children, especially those who are in danger of not being born. See Picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron Saint of the Americas and Protector of the Unborn (Feast Date: December 12)
Prayer: “O Virgin of Guadalupe, your appearance in Mexico changed the course of human history. Human sacrifice ceased and millions were converted to Jesus Christ. Pray for our nation now. Guide our elections through your gracious intercession. Change hearts and minds to uphold the dignity of all human life. Stem the tide of moral degeneration and defend the sanctity of marriage. Protect our nation from terrorism, war and natural disaster. May goodness triumph over evil. May candidates committed to God’s truth be elected and re-elected and may our nation prosper, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.”
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Abortion in the United States (Ongoing) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 31 – February 13, 2011.
Swine Flu in Mexico (October, 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions October 26-November 8, 2009.
Hurricane Jimena in Mexico (September, 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 12-October 25, 2009.
Abortion in Mexico (Ongoing) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 19-February 1, 2009.
Abortion in the United States (Ongoing) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:. October 17-November 9, 2008.
Sacred Destinations: Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City
Ainglkiss.com: Our Lady of Guadelupe
Sheppardsoftware.com: Our Lady of Guadelupe
Catholic Online: Our Lady of Guadalupe
For more information about St. Mary, Mother of Jesus, see Saint Mary: Blessed Virgin, Mother of God.
That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,
make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary: