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Wednesday, Second Week of Advent (Our Lady of Guadalupe)

December 12, 2012

Blessed Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

Our Lady of Guadalupe

You can find the story in the post about St. Juan Diego.

Entrance Antiphon:
A great sign appeared in the sky,
a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

O God, Father of mercies,
who placed your people under the singular protection
of your Son’s most holy Mother,
grant that all who invoke the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe,
may seek with ever more lively faith
the progress of peoples in the ways of justice and of peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Opening Prayer from today’s Mass)

Since Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Americas,
the readings today are specific for the feast for us:

Zechariah 2:14-17 (God is coming to dwell among us)
OR: Revelation 11:19, 12:1-6, 10 (the ark of the covenant: a woman clothed with the sun)
Judith 15:9, 13:18, 19 “You are the highest honor of our race”
+ Luke 1:26-38 (the Annunciation)
OR: + Luke 1:39-45 (the Visitation)

O God, make haste to help me
-Psalm 71:12

That’s what He does!

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste
-Luke 1:39

Bearing God in her womb!

He stirs forth from His holy dwelling
-Zechariah 2:17

And He’s not just coming to visit–
He’s coming to stay.

See, I am coming to dwell among you.
Zechariah 2:14

That’s what happened in Mexico in 1531.

When Bishop Zumárraga pleaded with God for help,
as tensions neared a breaking point
between the conquering Spaniards
and the native people,
God traveled to the hill country of Mexico in haste…
in the womb of His mother.

He averted the crisis
through conversion of heart
as He always does.

And He’s still here!

That tilma
just will not decay.

The Blessed Sacrament
won’t go away.

Will you go in haste
to Him?

You’ll find Him
with His mother.

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