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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Guadalupe Triduum ~ Day One

When I was a boy I grew wonderful tomatoes in my garden, but I didn't eat them. Go figure! Every night at dinner my father would say, "Son, you don't know what you're missing." I got over that and love tomatoes now. 

So as the Church gets ready for the December 12th feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Do you know the story of The Guadalupe? If not, "You don't know what you're missing." So here's a link to the oldest written account. Nican Mopohua What a great way to step into the Jubilee Year of Mercy! And spread the word about this wonder even to the children you know. Heaven's great kindness!

And then here are some intercessions we might pray to help us get ready. 
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The Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas:/ North,/ Central and South./ We pray for this hemisphere/ and ask for the conversion of hearts where persons suffer indignities,/ violence and injustice./ We pray to the Lord.

The Lady of Guadalupe called Juan Diego the littlest of her sons./ We pray to remember that each human person is God's child/ and to love people with the mind of Christ./ We pray to the Lord.

Juan Diego delayed meeting the Lady for their second appointment/ because his uncle, Juan Bernadino, was dying./ We pray for hearts to see as essential/ the taking care of those in frailty,/ suffering or need./ We pray to the Lord.

While the Lady asked for a chapel to be built on the top of Tepeyac,/ we ask God all the more to change us into living stones that build up the Church to God's Glory/ and the love of our neighbor./ We pray to the Lord.

The Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego/not elevated above him,/ but barefoot and standing on the ground./ We ask for the virtue of humility/ by which we see ourselves truthfully,/ in our vulnerability,/ insecurity and powerlessness./ We pray to the Lord.

On Juan Diego's tilma/ the Lady stands in the posture of prayer./ In the dark time of the year/ we pray to be enlightened/ as to how we might pray more deeply from the heart./ We pray to the Lord.

We entrust the sick,/ the friendless and the needy  to the Guadalupe's care,/ and pray that the dead may experience the most tender mercy of Jesus/ who pardons,/ heals and makes whole./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. This was a wonderful account of the apparitions and miracles. How blessed we are to be be able to believe. Thank you for directing us to it as it is the perfect way to prepare ourselves for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

  2. And another great read: The Woman Clothed With The Sun. You can get it for pennies online. I grew up with it on a bookshelf in my boyhood home. When I finally got around to reading it in my 50's I couldn't put it down. A real joy! Accounts of the 8 major Marian apparitions.

  3. What a wonderful gift this post is! You must have worked so hard to bring this to us. A few years back I became more aware of the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The evolution of my own appreciation of Guadalupe has progressed gradually and continues to be more exciting and enriching. You are helping to carry this on. Its a great post!

  4. I'm glad you found it!Today is Day Two: praying out of still more themes presented in the story. In my last parish there was a Hispanic community who gathered for Mass each Sunday evening. For the Feast of the Guadalupe they brought together folks from all over Nassau County for Mass and a party. It was the most amazing celebration of joyful love. I had to get out of bed and go over to the church basement at 2 the next morning to tell them all to go home otherwise the neighbors will surely start calling the police! Everyone was sober and they wrapped it all up.

  5. Oh yes. The Hispanic community loves the Guadalupe. Their gatherings are always warm and "noisy".

  6. She is how I came to know Her, in relating to Her personally after many years of loss. I was so moved by the story of Her and the Aztec pagans. Thank you for this most original account,