Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena
Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena (starts Dec. 2) and Fiesta (December 12)
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, is celebrated on December 12. This day commemorates her appearances to Juan Diego in 1531 near Mexico City.
Our Lady asked Juan Diego to tell the Bishop that she wished a church to be built for her. The prudent Bishop asked Juan to ask Our Lady for a sign. Juan did so and Our Lady promised to give him the sign. She told him to pick the Castilian roses which miraculously appeared and bring them to the Bishop as a sign for him to believe her request. Juan gathered the roses into his tilma (cloak) and brought them to the Bishop.
When Juan opened the tilma to show them, the Image of Our Lady appeared on it. The Bishop then built the church Our Lady had requested and nine million natives were converted and baptized within the next nine years. Our Lady of Guadalupe brought the light of the true faith, crushed the false gods of Mexico and established an era of peace.
BT will prepare for this special Feast by praying a Novena to Our Lady, starting on December 2. Nine days later, on her feast day, we will conclude the Novena with Mass in the Chapel at 2:55 pm, followed by a fiesta. Join us in this celebration and come to the party which promises to be fun with non-alcoholic margueritas, delicious Mexican treats and festive pi˝atas!
Please contact Campus Ministry if you will attend the fiesta so we can estimate a headcount for food.