Monday, December 13, 2010

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Fatima,  Our Lady of Lourdes: one great, holy woman who is Mary, the Mother of God, Theotokos, and ever-virgin who intercedes for us to her Son Jesus Christ.
Holy Mother of God,  Holy Virgin of virgins,  Mother of Christ,
Mother of divine grace,  Mother most pure,  Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,  Mother undefiled,  Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,  Mother of good counsel,  Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,  Virgin most prudent,  Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,  Virgin most powerful,  Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,  Mirror of justice,  Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,  Spiritual vessel,  Vessel of honor,
Singular vessel of devotion,  Mystical rose,  Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,  House of gold,  Ark of the covenant,
Gate of Heaven,  Morning star,  Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,  Comforter of the afflicted,  Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,  Queen of Patriarchs,  Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,  Queen of Martyrs,  Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,  Queen of all Saints,  Queen conceived without Original Sin,
Queen assumed into Heaven,  Queen of the most holy rosary,  Queen of Peace.
Pray for us! 

It is truly proper to glorify you, who have borne God, the ever-blessed and immaculate and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who, a Virgin, gave birth to God the Word, you, truly the Mother of God, we magnify. 

You can find a story of Blessed Juan Diego and Mary, our Lady of Guadalupe here.
You can find Bible-focused rosary meditations here.   Mary, the new Eve: here


  1. When DH & I first started attending the church that we now regularly attend (vs. the parish he grew up in), we were shocked to see statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He'd never seen any statues in a ByzCath church and certainly not Our Lady. Come to find out, there was a large number of Hispanics attending Liturgy here. The priest even gave an abbreviated homily in Spanish. The odd thing was that there were like 4 or 5 statues, identical, all sitting next to each other. I still don't get why there were so many, and why they were the same.

    I speak in the past tense because something happened. One day, DH & I showed up for Liturgy--the statues were gone, the priest was gone, and the Hispanics stopped coming. The priest is still a priest, I know that much from ECL. What I was told by a parishioner was that some of the "old timers" didn't like the multicultural changes to the parish, and complained (I'm guessing to the Bishop).

    I don't know if it was a battle of wills and instead of complying with the orders, the priest decided to leave the parish, or what really happened. What I probably wrote above could be considered gossip, but I was reminded of it all just now when viewing today's post.

  2. Just came across your blog. I have enjoyed reading about the Byzantine Catholic Church. (I have learned some from the series on EWTN.) +JMJ+

  3. Rabbit- it is is a hard balance to make between being pastoral and allowing one group in the church to take over- I don't know the specifics in your case.

    The 'problem' of Our Lady of Guadalupe is that some Latinos are so uneducated in their faith- that Guadalupe is all their faith is. A protestant church can put up the icon of Guadalupe and they are comfortable and will leave the Catholic Church. My husband substituted at a Spanish-speaking Latin-rite parish Sunday evening and had to educate the believers that Our Lady of Guadalupe is MARY- not a different saint altogether...

  4. Thanks so much for joining in the O+L+G Feast Day Link Up!

    ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

  5. I'm so afraid to ever pray to any one other than the trinity.I would never ever want to offend God.Although we all offend Him everyday by ours sins."All come short of the glory of God".That I know is true,but to pray to anyone else other than the trinity,I would think would be so so scary dangerous.I love Jesus so much I try hard not to offend Him.Love in Christ Denise.Ps-Could you please explain bibicaly how this is done?

  6. Denise- Thanks for commenting!

    It is important to realize that we don't pray to saints or holy people- we ask/pray that they will intercede for us to God. And of course, we also pray directly to God the Trinity. Think of the saints as part of the Christian family- they are in the presence of God. Remember when Jesus gave His mother Mary to John's care when He was on the cross? Jesus was giving His mother to the world. Also- think of the Old testament when the phrases 'God of Jacob', etc was used- ancestors and patriarchs are invoked.

    Whatever a person's specific spirituality and devotion to a certain holy person, all good comes from God alone- consider praying to a saint for his/her intercession with God like talking to a friend

    I need to develop this idea further for a full blog post!

  7. So wonderful talking to you.Thank you for popping in to visit my blog.As you can see I just started blogging.I'm still deciding how to handle it.Play time for me or devotion time for me.So far I'm doing a little of both.I've known for many years that my purpose here in this life is to get ready for the next life.To become more Christ-like and mentor my four daughters and 9 grandchilden to do the same.The Lord has always filled me with so much joy but its hard for me to tell others except through the written word or in this case blogging.


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