Our Lady of Guadalupe Madonna of the Americas


December 9

"I chose this place and made it holy, in order that My name might be honoured, 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 favours 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 honouring 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…

Am I not Here, Who am thy Mother?

O noble Lady of Guadalupe, when the Indians saw thy wonderful Image, miraculously imprinted upon Juan Diego's rough tilma, they recognized it to be a picture-writing containing a celestial message which was directed to them. Thy regal figure in the form of a human being taught them that thy dwelling place at one time must have been on earth. The rays of the sun, the clouds which surround thy body, the stars on thy garment, the crescent under thy feet, the angel who transports thee through space, all denote that thy present abode is in Heaven, and called their attention to the immortality of the human soul.

O holy Mary, as thy image on the garment of Juan Diego taught the Indians, so let it teach me never to forget the immortality of my soul, that Heaven is my true destiny and my eternal inheritance. Amid the temptations and miseries of this present life, let me always bear in mind this home of peace, of glory and eternal bliss. Hail Mary…

The words of Our Lady of Guadalupe spoken to the humble Indian, Juan Diego, on the hill of Tepeyac, December 9, 1531:

"My dear little son, whom I love tenderly, know that I am the Virgin Mary, Mother of the One, True God, Giver and Maintainer of life, Creator of all things, Lord of Heaven and earth, Who is in all places. I wish a temple to be erected here, where I can manifest the compassion I have for the natives, and for all who solicit my help."

These words of thine, my heavenly Mother, fill my heart with love and gratitude-with renewed faith and hope-because they are directed to me also. Therefore I turn to thee, confident of obtaining through thy intercession, the graces which will enable me to live in accordance with the teaching of thy Divine Son, Jesus, Whom I desire to love with all my heart. Thou didst share in all that my Savior suffered for me, therefore I belong to thee also, and thou art my most loving Mother. Ah, do not abandon me in this vale of tears; take pity, I beseech thee, on my spiritual poverty and necessities; have compassion on my anxieties and cares; assist and comfort me in all my infirmities and miseries. Ave Maria…

The merciful words spoken on the fourth and last visit to Juan Diego:

"Do not let anything afflict you, and do not be afraid of any illness or accident or pain. Am I not here, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Do you need anything else?"

These thy words were also directed to me and they fill my heart with gladness and hope. Turn then, most gracious Mother, thine eyes of mercy towards me, and perfect me in thy love. Grant that I may never fail to place all of my troubles and worries at thy feet, knowing thou art ever mindful that thou art my Mother; that I am under thy shadow and protection, and that thou wilt obtain for me the consolation of which I am so much in need. Dios te Salve 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 favours, 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 favours. 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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