October 5, October 12, December 18 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan, Patron Saint against Floods

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan, Patron Saint against Floods (Feast Dates: October 12, December 18)

Extract from Fra Leone and Nuestra Señora de la Expectacíon: “Shortly after the conquistador Francisco de Bobadilla founded Tzapopa (later called Zapopan) in 1541, Franciscan friars arrived to evangelize the native population. Fray Antonio of Segovia arrived carrying in one hand a crucifix and, in the other, a little statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The statue gave off sparks of heavenly light. The Indians, fascinated and subjugated by the Virgin Mother of Jesus, ceased their resistance and accepted the Gospel.The Little Virgin won the hearts of the people of Zapopan by granting them abundant graces and miracles.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Zapopan. See also: Why is the Virgen of Zapopan Important to Lake Chapala Ajijic, PRAYER to Our Lady of Zapopan.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan, Patron Saint against Floods (Feast Dates: October 12, December 18)

Extract from Our Lady of Zapopan : “Guadalajara, capital and jewel of the state of Jalisco, celebrates “The Day of the Mestizo” by rendering ecstatic homage to ‘The Little Virgin’ as Our Lady of Zapopan. She is Spanish in origin, but completely Mexican in the tradition of more than four hundred years that surround her cult. Brought to Zapopan by Father Antonio de Segovia in 1541, the “Little Virgin”, less than fourteen inches high, found herself in the heart of a territory, then called New Galicia, still under the conquest of Nuñe de Guzman. The precious statue, which the warm heart of the Mexican personifies, was the instrument by which Heaven vouchsafed to turn the fears and animosities of the natives into a confidence and love which enabled the zealous Franciscan to gather them into the fold of the Good Shepherd. The story is told that, as he preached, the little statue of Our Lady that he always carried with him, emitted rays of light. The miraculous radiance seemed to penetrate the souls of the Indians and convert them into vessels ready for the waters of grace.”  See PICTURE of Our Lady of Zapopan.  See also: Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan (Multilingual),  Our Lady of Zapopan  (EN), ZAPOPAN, Meksyk (PO).

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan, Patron Saint against Floods (Feast Dates: October 12, December 18)

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan (Patron Saint against Floods) (Feast Date: October 5) Extract from Our Lady of Zapopan: “October 12th means Columbus Day to Americans, but to the good citizens of Mexico, October 12th is also the day the ‘Traveling Lady of Zapopan’ comes ‘home’ to spend the Autumn and Winter months in her stately basilica. . . . Guadalajara, capital and jewel of the state of Jalisco, celebrates ‘The Day of the Mestizo’ by rendering ecstatic homage to ‘The Little Virgin’ as Our Lady of Zapopan. She is Spanish in origin, but completely Mexican in the tradition of more than four hundred years that surround her cult. Brought to Zapopan by Father Antonio de Segovia in 1541, the ‘Little Virgin’, less than fourteen inches high, found herself in the heart of a territory, then called New Galicia, still under the conquest of Nuñe de Guzman. The precious statue, which the warm heart of the Mexican personifies, was the instrument by which Heaven vouchsafed to turn the fears and animosities of the natives into a confidence and love which enabled the zealous Franciscan to gather them into the fold of the Good Shepherd. The story is told that, as he preached, the little statue of Our Lady that he always carried with him, emitted rays of light. The miraculous radiance seemed to penetrate the souls of the Indians and convert them into vessels ready for the waters of grace.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Zapopan.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan, Patron Saint against Floods (Feast Dates: October 12, December 18)

Extract from:. Our Lady of Zapopan Shrine: “Our Lady of Zapopan has been venerated fervently not only in Zapopan, but throughout the entire State of Jalisco.  Countless miracles have continued to happen.  People used to transport her to Guadalajara whenever this large city–now the second largest in Mexico–was in danger, as in 1721, in order to protect the city from plague.  In 1734, she was proclaimed Patroness against storms and lightning.   Even now, the statue stays in Guadalajara from June 13 to October 5.  After Mexico became independent in 1821, the Virgin of Zapopan was proclaimed Patroness of the State of Jalisco and its army.  The current shrine (the first ones were adobe constructions) was inaugurated by the bishop of Guadalajara on Sept. 8, 1730. See also:  Our Lady of Zapopan:The Pilgrim Image of JaliscoPilgrimage with La Virgen de Zapopan from “A House in the Sun” by Dane Chandos (EN), Virgen de Zapopan es “protectora contra inundaciones”, afirman (SP), Visita de la Virgen de Zapopan a Milwaukee es “histórica”: alcalde (SP),   and videos: Visita de la Virgen de Zapopan a Santo Cura de Ars, Lady Of Zapopan Travels To Grand Rapids,VIRGEN DE ZAPOPAN EN CHAPALA 26/OCT/2008, Nuestra Señora de Zapopan visita el Lago de Chapala 2, and  Nuestra Señora de Zapopan visita el Mercado de abastos 1.

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For more information about St. Mary, Mother of Jesus, see Saint Mary: Blessed Virgin, Mother of God.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Zapopan on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Flooding in Bangledesh (July 2011) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions – August 1 – August 14, 2011.

Flooding in China (June, 2011) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions – June  20- July 3, 2011.

Flooding in Thailand (Spring, 2011) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions – April 11 – April 24, 2011.

Flooding in Somalia (Spring, 2010) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions – June 7 – June 20, 2010.


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.

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