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Virgin of Guadalupe, Madonna, Blessed Mary with Halo and Robe 6.5" x 18"

SKU: Virgin Mary
6.5" x 18"

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Virgin of Guadalupe

On a cold December day, in the hill country of central Mexico, almost five hundred years ago, a fifty-seven year old man named Juan Diego had an experience that would change his life and those of his people forever. Appearing to him as a beautiful young woman, surrounded by a light as bright as the sun, the Virgin Mary announced her identity to Juan, one of the few Aztec converts to Catholicism in the region at the time. Her message was part consolation, part construction plan, as she ordered Juan to convey to the local bishop her wishes for a church to be built on the spot. The bishop, however, was less than convinced and so Mary appeared to Juan a second time and also provided him with a miracle. On the freezing hillside there had appeared a bloom of roses which she instructed Juan to gather and take to the bishop. He did so by removing his poncho (or cape) and gathering the flowers into it. Once again he came before the bishop, opening the poncho to let the flowers fall out. But it was not the flowers that proved to be the miracle. Instead, imprinted on Juan’s poncho was an image of the Virgin Mary, just as Juan had described her. It is that image, preserved on that poncho (still in the church built on the site of the vision, in Mexico City)

The Virgin Mary is held as a source of hope and comfort in times of trouble, and there are many prayers and feast days proclaiming her status as the Mother of Christ.  She exemplifies unconditional love and consolation for those who implore her help, Christian or otherwise. As such, she stands in for the mother of all who look to her for comfort.

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