Our Lady of Guadalupe Madonna of the Americas


December 8

"I chose this place and made it holy, in order that My name might be honored, and My eyes and My heart might remain there forever."
(2 Para. 7:16)

"Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array? As the rainbow giving light in the bright clouds, and as the flowers of roses in the days of sprouting?" (Canticles 6:9)

Hail Mary…

Mary speaks:
I am the Mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope... My memory is carried on through ages of ages. (Ecclus. 24:24)

Let us Pray:

O God, Who hast been pleased to bestow upon us unceasing favors by having in a special manner placed us under the protection of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, grant us, Thy unworthy servants, who rejoice in honoring her today upon earth, the happiness of seeing her blessed countenance in Heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

DAILY REFLECTION:

"Behold thy Mother!" By these words from the Cross, our Divine Lord gave His Mother to St. John, the Beloved Apostle, and to His true followers who humbly and faithfully stand by the Cross in the company of Mary; who love, trust, and seek Her. The Church teaches that the Blessed Virgin Mary is thus our Mother by adoption, and also in the order of grace, through the Incarnation. Mary is the Mother of Christ, the Head of the Mystical Body. As the Mystical Body is one, she is, therefore, the Mother of the members of the Mystical Body, individually. In none of her apparitions has Our Lady more tenderly and clearly expressed and manifested this title than in Her message as Our Lady of Guadalupe, where she promised all the offices of a Mother to those who love, who trust, and confide in Her; where she announced herself and asked: "Am I not here, Thy Mother?"

Glory be to the Father…

Holy Mother of the One True God

The emblem of our Redemption, stamped upon the golden brooch fastened to thy tunic, served to tell the Indians that the Religion of their conquerors was the only one they were to embrace; for the Cross on the banner of Hernando Cortez and on the brooch were the same. When they saw it upon thine Image, they flocked around the Spanish missionaries, eager to know its meaning. They were told about the Savior Who came from Heaven to redeem the human race through His death upon the Cross, and that thou art the Virgin Mother of the Divine Victim, associated with Him in the mystery of our Redemption. Happy nation, to whom thou didst reveal thyself, and the One, True God.

Holy Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, my Queen and Mother, more than four hundred and seventy years have passed since thou didst speak to Juan Diego, and so far only a few of thy children in other lands have become aware of the purpose of thine Image on the altar of Thy shrine. Inspire me then to see in this miraculous picture the instrument for the conversion of all to the Catholic-Apostolic Faith, thou who art the adorable Queen and Mother of the Apostles and missionaries. Hail Mary...

After Juan Diego had cut the magnificent roses that had bloomed suddenly on the barren hill of Tepeyac, he brought them to thee at the foot of the mount where thou wast waiting. With thine own hands thou didst carefully arrange them in his tilma, tying it around his neck, telling him to take them to Bishop Zumárraga, and that this sign would induce him to start building Thy temple. The last words which he heard from Thy adorable lips were: "Thou art my ambassador, worthy of confidence; go in peace."

The sacred picture on the coarse cloth of the tilma could not have been painted by human hands. It convinced the Bishop, as it ought to convince every person who looks at it, that Juan Diego's message was truly thine.

Humbly I beseech thee, my Queen and Mother, let me be thy ambassador, like Juan Diego, to give the doctrine contained in thine Image to all those with whom I come in contact, in order to lead them to Thy Divine Son. Dios te salve, Maria…

O holy Virgin, enthroned on the spot which thou didst choose in the very heart of an idolatrous nation, thou didst marvelously work its conversion. After seeing thine Image on the tilma of their countryman, Juan Diego, the Indians stripped their temples of all idols, built beautiful churches on whose towers gleaming crosses shone in the sun, and the huge drum which innumerable times announced human sacrifices in honor of their gods, was heard no more.

As Juan Diego spent the remaining seventeen years of his life in giving thy spoken message to the Indians, so permit me, my loving Mother, to help in making known thy celestial message among my countrymen. Animate and bless all who join in this admirable devotion, and grant us the grace to zealously propagate the Catholic religion among those we meet, having as our banner thy admirable image on Juan Diego's tilma, together with the Cross, the emblem of our Redemption. Ave Maria...

NOVENA PRAYER

Dearest Mary, thou didst not promise Juan Diego, nor any of thy children, an end to all sorrow. Thou didst promise rather to see their tears, to hear the stories of their sorrows, to listen to the pleas of their crushed hearts and bruised spirits; that thou wouldst listen to the prayers for afflicted ones left at home with aching, pain-filled bodies. Thou didst promise to remedy and alleviate; not always to take away or heal.

Dear Mother, we ask thee to help us learn better that suffering and true happiness must go together. We ask thee to help us remain always truly resigned to God's Will, as we commend to thy Immaculate Heart our loved ones and petitions. Amen.

PROFESSION OF FAITH

Adapted from the Protesta de Fe (Declaration of Faith) formulated at the Chilapa Synod in Mexico in 1893, where the Bishops decreed that it should be publicly recited by all children on the day of their First Holy Communion, by all young men at their entrance into the seminary, by all clerics before each ordination, and by all priests during the ceremony of taking over a parish. It should be read on the first day of the novena, and on Our Lady's feast.

Most amiable Queen and Sovereign Lady of Guadalupe, powerful and most tender Mother, and Queen of all the Americas, with my soul overflowing with unutterable consolation, and my heart full of sweetest gratitude, I come to prostrate myself at thy sacred feet, and to declare, once again, before Heaven and earth, that I believe with lively and unshakable faith the most happy event of thy loving Apparition on the blessed hill of Tepeyac, to the favored Indian, Juan Diego, on whose cloak, filled as it was with the marvelous roses that had touched thy most pure hands, thou didst leave, stamped in bright and indelible colors, thy beautiful miraculous picture, which, these four centuries and more, is miraculously preserved as a precious memorial of thy maternal love, and a sure pledge of thy sovereign protection.

For this rarest of favors, this most treasured escutcheon of thy dignities, I, from my heart, fervently thank thee. I declare my desire that I might always praise thee, with that elevated piety and fond enthusiasm, with which thy loving apparition has been celebrated; and thy bounties extolled by so many Sovereign Pontiffs, renowned Prelates, illustrious members of the clergy and the religious orders, great Kings, and other high personages; as well as by all the pious and grateful generations that in the long course of over four hundred and seventy years have continued to bless thy most sweet Name, and have publicly rendered thee splendid homages of filial love, both on the blessed hill that thy most pure footsteps ennobled, and in the many magnificent sanctuaries that their affectionate hearts have everywhere dedicated to thee.

Obtain for me, most amiable Mother, the grace to be day by day more grateful for thy favors. And since thou art, happily, the Treasurer of the rich and inexhaustible gifts which for our welfare are contained in the Sacred Heart of thy Divine Son, cause to flow down upon me the graces necessary to be faithful to Him, in the observance of His Holy Commandments, and the fulfillment of the obligations proper to my state in life. I trust, sweet sovereign Lady, that thou wilt never cease to exercise in my behalf the office of the tenderest and fondest of mothers; for thou didst show that this was indeed thy most loving purpose, when thou didst show thyself in such amiable majesty to the fortunate Juan Diego; and asked to have there erected to thee, a temple, in which thou wouldst abundantly dispense thy blessings.

To correspond in some way with thy maternal patronage, I promise to love thee with all my heart, and to carefully avoid all sin, which so much displeases thee. Oh! through thy love, most sweet Mother, may I obtain the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and hereafter, as the reward of my fidelity, may I praise Him in Thy company, and that of my glorious patron, thy most chaste Spouse, Saint Joseph, in the blissful everlasting mansions of glory. Amen.

HYMN TO THE LADY OF THE ROSES

Ave Maria, my Lady of the Roses,
Holy Mary of Guadalupe,
I stand here humbly at thy feet.

Make me a Juan Diego, unworthy though I be.
Let me carry thy message far and near.
Let me show my love for thee.

Ave Maria, my Lady of the Roses,
O Mother of the Americas,
Loving Mother, please smile on me!
Loving Mother, please smile on me!
Maria!

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