Our Lady of Guadalupe
Antique 1800s. Oaxaca/Guadalupan medal - 1/2"
Our Lady of Guadalupe is a title of the Virgin Mary associated with the apparation of San Juan Diego. Official Catholic accounts state that on the morning of December 9, 1531, Juan Diego saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary at the Hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City. Speaking to him in Nahuatl, she asked that a church be built at that site in her honor. Diego told his story to the Spanish Archbishop of Mexico City, who instructed him to return to Tepeyac Hill, and ask for a miraculous sign to prove Mary’s identity. The Virgin told Juan Diego to gather flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill. Although December was very late in the growing season for flowers to bloom, Juan Diego found Castilian roses, not native to Mexico, on the normally barren hilltop. The Virgin arranged these in his peasant cloak or tilma. When Juan Diego opened his cloak before Bishop Zumárraga on December 12, the flowers fell to the floor, and on the fabric was the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
“Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?'
(Words spoken to Juan Diego on December 12, 1531)