Our Lady of Guadalupe with Crown
Approximately 1″ in height. Background of varying color.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
She is the patron Saint of Mexico.
Also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared four times before Juan Diego in Mexico in the 1500’s. She first appeared on December 9, 1531 on the Hill of Tepeyac. She spoke to Juan Diego in his native Aztec language, Nahuati, and identified herself as the Mother of Christ. She asked that a church be built in her honor.
Juan Diego spoke to the Archbishop of Mexico City, but he was not believed. Later that day Mary appeared to Juan Diego and asked that he keep insisting the church build a church in her honor. The next day Juan Diego returned to the Archbishop and asked that a church be built in honor of Mary. The Archbishop asked Juan Diego to return to the Hill of Tepeyac and the Mother Mary for a sign to prove her identity. Diego returned to the Hill, where Mary was waiting. He told her the Archbishop wanted a sign to prove who she her identity.
The next day, Juan Diego was unable to meet Mary at the prescribed time, for his Uncle had fallen ill. In the early morning hours of December 12, Mary appeared to Juan Diego as he went for a doctor to treat his Uncle. Juan Diego explained his Uncle was ill. Mary told Juan Diego his Uncle was now healed and to go gather flowers at the top of the Hill of Tepeyac. This was an unusual request, because the hill was normally barren of flowers. Juan Diego journeyed to the hill to find Castilian Roses, which are not native to Mexico, in bloom. Juan carried the flowers to the Archbishop in his cloak. When he opened his cloak, the roses fell to the floor, and on the fabric of his cloak, was an image of the Virgin Mary.
Juan Diego’s Uncle had been cured, and while in his bed, Mary had paid a visit to him, instructing him that she wished to be called the Guadalupe.
Shrines to the Guadalupe appeared all over Mexico. Mary’s church wasn’t built until 1974. It is one of the biggest pilgrimage sites in the world.
Pope John Paul II canonized Juan Diego in 2002, making him the first indigenous American saint, and declared Our Lady of Guadalupe the patroness of the Americas