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Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel

Our Lady Of Guadalupe Statue

On Saturday morning, December 9, 1531, a poor Indian widower named Juan Diego, who lived in a small village near Mexico City, was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady.

He was walking by a hill called Tepeyac when a radiant cloud appeared and within it a young Native American maiden dressed like an Aztec princess. The lady spoke to him and sent him to the bishop of Mexico, a Franciscan named Juan de Zumarraga. The bishop was to build a chapel in the place where she appeared.

Eventually the bishop told Juan Diego to have the lady give him a sign. About this same time Juan Diego’s uncle became seriously ill. This led poor Diego to try to avoid the lady. Our Lady found Diego, nevertheless, assured him that his uncle would recover and provided roses for Juan to carry to the bishop in his cape or tilma.

When Juan Diego opened his tilma in the bishop’s presence, the roses fell to the ground and the bishop sank to his knees. On Juan Diego’s tilma appeared an image of Mary as she had appeared at the hill of Tepeyac. It was December 12, 1531.

A statue in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, blessed at the Basilica in Mexico City where Mary appeared to Juan Diego, is in the chapel of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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