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On a hillside, just outside what is now Mexico City, in the year 1531 the Virgin Mary appeared before an Indian farmer named Juan Diego, and asked him to see to it that a church be built there in her honor.  When Juan approached his Bishop with Our Lady's request, he was not believed and was driven out.  The Virgin appeared again to the Indian and directed him to a barren, stony place where she said he would find roses growing.  He wrapped the roses in his cloak and brough them to the Bishop.  When he unwrapped the roses, he discovered the image of the Virgin imprinted on the cloak.  This time he was believed and a Bisilica was built on the original spot.
 
This cloak, unfaded by time has been authenticated by art experts as not being any work they can explainThe picture above is the exact image Our Lady imprinted onto Juan Diego's cloak which now hangs behind the main altar of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. 
 
 
Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe (1)
 
The following novena was composed by the late Helen Behrens.  She was an American who until her death, spent many years operating an English Information Center, near the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.  She was tireless in her efforts to promote devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, particularly as "Queen and Mother of America."
 
This Novena in English received the imprimatur of the proper Church authorities in Mexcio City in 1956.  This Novena has been found to be most effective, particularly in bringing about a solution to difficult and seemingly impossible problems.  It is recommended that you say it often, for Our Lady of Guadalupe truly does listen to the prayers of those who call upon her intercession.
 
After the prayer for each day, say four Hail Mary's, commemorating the four apparitions to Juan Diego; and the Memorare to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
 
Memorare to Our Lady of Guadalupe
 
     Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in their necessities and afflictions.  You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and relief.  Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, either for the common welfare, or in personal anxieties, was left unaided.
 
     Inspired by this confidence, we run to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God!  Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before your presence, certain that you will fulfill your merciful promises.  We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness, or misfortune, or any other sorrow.
 
     You wanted to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health, and our life.  Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.
 
     Our Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us.  Amen.
 
First Day
 
The words of Our Lady of Guadalupe spoken to the Indian, Juan Diego, on the hill of Tepeyac, December 9, 1531,
 
     "My dear son, whom I love tenderly, know that I am the Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God; the Giver and maintainer of life; Creator of all things; Lord of Heaven and Earth, Who is in all places.  I wish a temple to be erected here, where I can manifest the compassion I have for the natives and for ALL who solicit my help."
 
     These your words, my heavenly Mother, fill my heart with love and gratitude, with renewed faith and hope, because they were directed to me also.  Therefore, I turn to you, confident of obtaining through your intercession, the graces which will enable me to live in accordance with the teaching of your Divine Son, Jesus, whom I desire to love with all my heart.  You shared in all that my Saviour suffered for me, therefore I also belong to you, and you are my loving Mother.
 
     Do not abandon me in this vale of tears; take pity, I beg you, on my poverty and necessities; have compassion on my anxieties and cares; assist and comfort me in all my infirmities and miseries.
 
Second Day
 
     The Merciful words spoken on the fourth and last visit to Juan Diego:
 
     "Do not let anything afflict you, and do not be afraid of any illness or accident or pain.  Am I not here who am your Mother?   Are you not under my shadow and protection?  Do you need anything else?"
 
     These words were also directed to me and they fill my heart with gladness and hope.  Turn then, most graciou Mother, your eyes of mercy towards me.  Perfect me in your love, making it possible for me to put all my troubles and worries at your feet, knowing that you will remember that you are my Mother; that I am under your shadow and protection; and that you will obtain for me the consolation of which I am so much in need.
 
Third Day
 
     When you visited Juan Diego's dying uncle Juan Bernardino, curing him and telling him your name, "Immaculate Virgin Mary who crushed the serpent," you fill the Indians' hearts with joy.  It told them that they no longer needed to make human sacrifices to their pagan idols.
 
     Hail!  Holy Queen, merciful Mother.  Hail!  Our life, our sweetness and our hope!
 
     Permit me to join in the songs of praise that, to this day, this whole nation sends up to your throne' many coming long distances to offer you gifts and prayers.
 
     Pray for us Holy Mother of God, exterminate the SERPANT OF EVIL from our lives, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ, your Divine Son.
 
Fourth Day
 
When the Indians saw the admirable image representing you, which you left on Juan Diego's tilma, they recognized it to be a picture-writing, containing a celestial message which was directed to them.  Your regal figure, in the form of a human being, taught them that your dwelling place, at one time, must have been on earth.  The rays of the sun, the clouds which surround your body, the stars on your garment, the crescent under your feet, the Angel who transports you through space, all denote that your present abode is in Heaven, and called their attention to the immortality of the human soul.
 
     O Holy Mary, as your image on the garment of Juan Deigo taught the Indians, so let it teach me never to forget the immortality of my soul, that Heaven is my goal and my inheritance.  Amid the temptations and miseries of this life, let me think always of this home of peace, of glory and eternal bliss.
 
Fifth Day
 
     For centuries, the natives of Mexico had worshipped the sun, sacrificing countless human beings in its honor.  But when they beheld your beautiful Image blotting it out, so that only its rays are visible, they understood the lesson it was intended to convey.
 
     After the Indians had heard your message, and read what your Image contains, they abandoned their false gods and embraced the loving doctrine of your Divine Son.
 
     Never have they ceased to give thanks for the great mercy that the Almighty God showered upon them, when He sent you to be their Queen, their Mother, and their teacher.
 
     O Holy Mary, through the mystery of the Incarnation of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, wherein our salvation was begun, obtain for us ligtht to understand the greatness of the benefit He bestowed upon us in becoming our Brother, and in giving you, His own venerated Mother, to be our Mother also.
 
Sixth Day
 
     The fires that burned on the altars of the false gods were extinguished forever, after the Indians had contemplated your Image, and saw you clothed with the sky covered with stars.  This showed them that the stars had been created by the Indivisible God to serve humankind and, therefore, could not be gods to whom adoration and sacrifices were due.
 
     Most Holy Mary, who through your Image, stamped by God on the Indian's garment, hast brought millions of pagans into the light of the true Faith, I beg you to obtain for me the grace of understanding the message it contains.  Shed upon me the light of your countenance; direct and sanctify all my undertakings.
 
Seventh Day
 
     The emblem of our redemption, stamped upon the golden brooch fastened to your garment, served to tell the Indians that the religion of their conquerors was the one they were to embrace.  The cross on the banner of Hernanado Cortez and on the brooch was the same.  When they saw it upon your Image, they flocked around the Spanish Missionairies, eager to know its meaning.  They were told about the Saviour, Who came form Heaven to redeem the human race, through His death on the cross; and that you are the Virgin Mother of the Divine Victim, associated with Him in the mystery of our redemption.
 
     Happy the nation to whom you revealed yourself and God.
 
     Holy Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, my Queen and Mother, more than four hundred and fifty years have passed since you spoke to Juan Diego, and, so far, only a few of your children in other lands have become aware of the purpose of your Image on the altar of your shrine.  Inspire us, then, to see in this, your miraculous picture, the instrument for the conversion of ALL to the Catholic Apostolic Faith, you who are the adorable Queen and Mother of all the Apostles, and of all Missionaries.
 
Eighth Day
 
     After Juan Deigo had cut the flowers that had bloomed suddenly on the barren hill of Tepeyac, he brought them to you at the foot of the mount, where you were waiting. With your own hands you arranged them in his tilma, tying it around his neck, telling him to take them to Bishop Zumarraga, and that this sign would induce him to start building your temple.  The last words which he heard from your adorable lips were: "You are my ambassador worthy of confidence; go in peace."
 
     The sacred picture, on the coarse cloth of the tilma, could not have been painted by human hands.  It convinced the Bishop, as it ought to convince every person who looks at it, that Juan Diego's message was truly yours.
 
     Humbly I beg you, my Queen and Mother: Let me be your ambassador like Juan Deigo, to give the doctrine contained in your Image to all my friends; to convince them also, whether they be believers or unbelievers.
 
Ninth Day
 
     O Holy Virgin, enthroned on the spot which you yourself chose, in teh very heart of an idolatrous nation, you marvelously accomplished its conversion.  After seeing your Image on teh tilma of their countryman, Juan Diego, the Indians stripped their temples of all idols and built beautiful churches on whose towers gleaming crosses shone in the sun.  The huge drum, which innumerable times had announced human sacrifices in honor of their gods, was heard no more.
 
     As Juan Deigo spent the remaining seventeen years of his life in giving your spoken message to the Indians, so permit me, my loving Mother, to help in making known your celestial message among my countrymen.  Animate and bless all who join in the Apostleship and Novena, in order to propagate the Catholic religion among their friends, having as their banner your admirable Image on Juan Diego's tilma, together with the cross, the emblem of our redemption.
 
     I beg your special aid in procuring the conversion of __________.
 
 
Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe (2)
 
     Our Lady of Guadalupe, acccording to your message in Mexico I venerate you as "the Virgin Mother of the true God for Whom we live, the Creator of all the world.  Maker of heaven and earth."  In spirit I kneel before your most holy Image which you miraculously imprinted upon the cloak of the Indian Juan Deigo, and with faith of the countless numbers of pilgrims who visit your shrine, I beg you for this favor (mention your request here).
 
     Remember, O Immaculate Virgin, the words you spoke to your devout client, "I am a merciful Mother to you and to all your people who love me and trust in me and invoke my help.  I listen to their lamentations and solace all their sorrows and their sufferings."  I beg you to be a merciful Mother to me, because I sincerely love you and trust in your and invoke your help.
 
     I entreat you, Our Lady of Guadalupe, to grant my request, if this should be the Will of God, in order that I may "bear witness to your love, your compassion, your help and protection."  Do not forsake me in my needs. 
 
     Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
 
     Hail Mary... (3 times).
 
    
 
 

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