Its significant to stress that in no other time or country has the Virgin Mary appeared and left a visual representation of herself.
To mestizos, Indians and those of Spanish origin, Our Lady of Guadalupe is part of their psyche and source of national pride.
Other famous Marian apparitions are at Lourdes, Fatima, La Salette, Montserrat, and Medjugorje.
Her image was imprinted in the tilma when Juan Diego, who was carrying roses he cut in the month of December at Tepeyac hill, opened his tilma in front of Bishop Zumrrago.
It must be understood that belief in a supreme being was part and parcel of daily life for the Indians.
As for the Toltecs, they disagreed with the Aztecs about human sacrifice (Len-Portilla, 1997, pp 31-32); Len-Portilla, 1991/2009, pp. Who wrote Nican Mopohua, the story of the Guadalupan apparitions?
Though immigrants have brought her to the United States, the devotion extends far beyond any single ethnic group.
More than one predominantly Anglo parish in this country carries the name of the Dark Virgin, and her feast, 12 December, is observed in all dioceses in the United States.
1)In 1945, Pope Pius XII proclaimed Our Lady of Guadalupe Queen of Mexico and Empress of the Americas (Poole, p. Then in 2002 Pope John Paul II canonized the person to whom the Virgin Mary appeared, Juan Diego (1474-1548) (p. An average of 15,000 persons visit Guadalupe daily, second only to the Vatican.The heavenly flowers were the sign that the bishop had requested of the Lady as proof that she was the Mother of God, and that she was truly the one who wanted him to build a sanctuary there at Tepeyac Hill.The image is a painting that scientists are unable to explain its phenomena: the unknown pigments of the colors, the twenty-year life span of the tilma whose fabric was made from the maguey plant, the appearance of life in the Ladys eyes, the symbols in the image, the reflection of persons in her eyes, how the painting seems to hang or float over the tilma.Venan hombres y mujeres, mozos y mozas a estas fiestas.Era grande el concurso de gente en estos das, y todos decan Vamos a la fiestas de Tonantzin. Near the hill there are three or four places where they used to make very solemn sacrifices, and they would come to them from very far places.In Orange County, Mexican Catholics honored the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, by dedicating churches in her name.