Background: Our Lady of Guadalupe is the name given to the Blessed Virgin Mary following her appearances to Juan Diego in 1531 on a hill near Mexico City. Mary healed his uncle who was near to death and asked Juan to pick some flowers which she arranged and he put inside his cloak. Later, when he opened his cloak in front of the Bishop, the flowers fell to the floor leaving behind her now world-famous self-image. A shrine grew up at the place of the visions and his cloak put on display. Many millions of people visit the site annually making it the most visited Marian shrine in the world. The Miraculous creation of the image of the Our Lady of Guadalupe occurred on 12th December 1531.
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
I venerate you as, “The Mother
of the true God for whom we live,
the Creator of all the world,
Maker of heaven and earth”.
I kneel before your most Holy Image
which you miraculously imprinted
upon the cloak of the Indian Juan Diego,
and with the faith
of the countless numbers of pilgrims
who visit your shrine,
I pray that I be a generous, self-sacrificing,
faithful Marian servant all the days of my life.
Remember, O Immaculate Virgin,
the words you spoke to your devout Juan Diego,
“I am a merciful Mother to you and to all your people,
who love me and trust in me and invoke my help.
I listen to their lamentations and solace
all their sorrows and their sufferings”.
Our Lady, I now ask that you be a merciful Mother to me,
because I sincerely love you and trust in you
and invoke your help.
I entreat you, Our Lady of Guadalupe,
to grant this, a special request,
but only if it is for the good of my soul.
With heartfelt confidence, I beg this favour:
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Our Lady of Guadalupe, I promise to continue to,
“Bear witness to your love,
your compassion, your help and protection.”
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