Our Lady of Guadalupe
Last updated 12/28/2016 at 9:54am
Roman Catholic residents have taken to the streets of Borrego today to celebrate 'Our Lady of Guadalupe'.
The annual holiday celebrates a "Lady from Heaven" appearing to a humble Native American, 57 year old Juan Diego, on Tepeyac Hill, the site of a former Aztec Temple in 1531.
The Lady requests that a church be built on the site and Diego submits her wish to the local Bishop. When the Bishop hesitates, he requests she send him a sign. Diego is sent to the top of the hill in mid-December to gather an assortment of roses for the Bishop and leaves an image of herself imprinted miraculously on the native's tilma, (a poor quality cactus-cloth).
An incredible list of miracles, cures and interventions are attributed to 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' and between 18 - 20 million pilgrims visit the Basilica annually, making it Christianity's most visited sanctuary.
The Feast of 'Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12th' and in 1999, Pope John Paul II, in his homily from the Solemn Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, during his third visit to the sanctuary, declared the date of December the 12th as a Liturgical Holy Day for the whole continent.
During the same visit Pope John Paul II entrusted the cause of life to her loving protection, and placed under her motherly care the innocent lives of children, especially those who are in danger of not being born.