This week on Tuesday we’ll celebrate a very special feast in the Church—Our Lady of Guadalupe. In 1531 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to now Saint Juan Diego with a message for the people. Here is part of what she said:
“My dear little son, I love you. I desire you to know who I am. I am the ever-virgin Mary, Mother of the true God who gives life and maintains its existence. He created all things. He is in all places. He is Lord of Heaven and Earth. I desire a church in this place where your people may experience my compassion. All those who sincerely ask my help in their work and in their sorrows will know my Mother’s Heart in this place. Here I will see their tears; I will console them and they will be at peace. So run now to Tenochtitlan and tell the Bishop all that you have seen and heard.”
The wooden statue we have in the vestibule of Our Lady of Guadalupe is available for our devotion. Even though a trip to Mexico City to see the famous tilma of Saint Juan Diego – where Mary’s image is permanently preserved – is not possible for everyone, we can all pray before the statue and light candles asking for Mary’s intercession.
On Wednesday of this week, December 13th, Matachines dancers will honor the Virgin Mary with indigenous traditions here at Coronation. Although the Feast will have been the day before (where the dancers will be honoring Mary at parishes that have regular Masses in the Spanish language), on Wednesday at 6:15pm they will honor Mary here. The dancers will continue briefly after the 6:30pm Mass and we’ll have a reception in the parish hall about 7:15pm. All are welcome. Come enjoy this unique part of the culture of the Americas and of our Catholic Faith!
~ Fr. Hansen