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Dec. 10 St. Juan Diego Dec. 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe

Many Catholics and other Christians, especially Latinx communities and parishes, celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe on December 12th. This day commemorates the appearance of Mary to Juan Diego, an Indigenous Mexican peasant, at Tepeyac (near present-day Mexico City) in 1531. The Virgin of Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico, appears as an Indigenous woman in Indigenous clothing. She has long represented an affirmation of Indigeneity and Mexican identity as well as the blending of Christianity with Mexican culture.
The Virgin also healed Juan Diego’s uncle and converted their new bishop, Fray Juan de Zumárraga. Mary became known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, Mother of the New Creation. Bringing dignity and honor to Indigenous and converting the hearts of oppressors, she knows we continue to need her help today. Mary promised: “I will give to all people, all my love, my compassion, my help and my protection, because I am your merciful mother and the mother of all nations that live on this earth, of all who love me and speak with me, of all who search for me and trust me. I will hear their laments. I will heal and cure all their miseries, misfortunes and sorrows.”

We offer this prayer in English and Spanish for the women of Central and Latin America who continue to be victims of violence. ClickPrayer OL Guadalupe en esp to download the Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
You have long been present to the sorrows
Of the people of the Americas.
You brought those without power
Your image, your presence,
Your grace and gifts, like brilliant roses in winter.
Pray for us to be present to your beloved people,
Especially to those women living in fear:
In Mexico, in Guatemala, in El Salvador,
Where you women continue to disappear,
Where female bodies are found mutilated,
Where those in power do nothing,
Dismissing the dread,
Dismissing the dark violence against women.
O Lady of December,
Wrapped in a poor cloak on a barren hill,
We wait for you to show us Christ’s Light again,
To remind us all of the dignity of every human person,
To pray for us to be generous with justice,
Bringing it like roses to your daughters,
To all those who have been waiting for hope. Amen.

Oración a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Santa Virgen de Guadalupe,
Siempre ha estado presente en los sufrimientos
De la gente de las Américas.
Usted trajo a los que no tienen poder
Su imagen, su presencia,
Su gracia y sus bondades,
Como rosas brillantes en medio del invierno.
Rece por nosotros,
Que estemos siempre en su gente amada
Especialmente a las mujeres que viven con temor:
En México, en Guatemala, en El Salvador,
Donde las mujeres Jovenes siguen desapareciendo,
Donde sus cuerpos se encuentran mutiladas,
Donde aquellos en el poder no hacen nada,
Desestimando el terror,
Desestimando la violencia siniestra contra las mujeres.
Oh Señora de diciembre,
Abrigada con una capa desgastada en un cerro abandonado,
Esperamos a que nos muestre la Luz de Cristo de nuevo,
Recuerdenos sobre la dignidad de cada ser humano,
Rece por nosotros para ser generoso con la justicia,
Llevándola como las rosas a sus hijas,
Y a todos los que han estado esperando para la esperanza. Amén.



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