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Virgin of Guadalupe

Virgin of Guadalupe - Mother of God

"Know for sure . . . that I am . . . the Mother of God . . .
I am truly your compassionate mother . . . and of all the other
people of different ancestries."

A tribute to the Mexican immigrants who brought her to Los Angeles.

Virgin Mary Guadalupe River Crossing John V Montelongo

The miracle of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe broke the mold of all Marian apparitions. Her shrine, in The Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, is the most visited pilgrimage site in the world (15,000,000 to 18,000,000), more people than Fatima in Portugal, Lourdes in France, Czestochowa in Poland - and even Mecca.

The title, Immaculate Immigrant, is appropriate because she has emigrated thousands and thousands of times, coming and going, with the immigrants and the children of immigrants who came to know her through the collective consciousness of their parents and grandparents and their parents and grandparents, dating back to 1531. The standard of Our Lady of Guadalupe was also Mexico's first flag of independence in 1810. In 2011, she continues to be a living and loving force.

One of the greatest contributions the Mexican community has made in the United States is to preserve the meaningful concept of what Our Lady of Guadalupe represents in their lives: maternal love, hope, trust, interaction, and a symbol of resistance to oppression. The first three representations enhanced their lives; interaction and activism embodied their resolve to attain peace and justice.

Guadalupe has of course emigrated globally, but in California and particularly in Los Angeles, she has captivated the hearts and minds of activists and artists. Through the years, in public art, it has been estimated that some 1000 images of Guadalupe have been painted in the City of Los Angeles: unprecedented in any other city in the world.

The Virgin of Guadalupe first appeared in 1531 to Juan Diego, (Cuauhtlactoatzin), in the center of the Americas before the United States existed. She asked that a sacred place be built for her where she would reveal God to the people and listen to their weeping and comfort them. She promised to help and protect them.

In a matter of days, the image of Guadalupe remained imprinted on Juan Diego's cloak/tilma, and within seven years after her apparition some eight million Mexican Indians were baptized into the Catholic faith, probably the greatest "conversion" in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.

Since 1531, her image has been inexorably venerated and scientifically scrutinized. The findings are transcendental. Guadalupe has inspired scholars of history, anthropology, medicine, engineering, astronomy, law, poetry, science, philosophy, photography, art, culture, and music.

This website begins with the scientific discoveries of her image. A glimmering of her history follows with a gleaning of illustrations of artistic expressions on Guadalupe including photographs of the celebrated photojournalists, Don Normark and George Rodriguez.

Lastly, the story of the apparition. It was originally written in Nahuatl, the primary spoken language of the indigenous Mexicans of the 16th century. It is the core written evidence of the miracle and provides a graphic space of its historical existence. It is worth a thousand pictures. The narrative is known as the Nican Mopohua. These two words refer to the first words of the Guadalupan Event: "Here is told . . ."

Considered classical literature, it has been translated into Latin, Spanish, English, German, Italian, French, Polish, Japanese, Tagalog, as well as nine indigenous languages: Aymara, Quechua, Ch'ol, Maya, Tzotzil, Chatino, Zoque, Otomí, and Mazahua. The Nican Mopohua is a literary treasure, and it is the Chronicle of Guadalupe - The Miracle of the Americas.

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