For today's Feast Day of Juan Diego, here is the ancient baptismal font where Juan Diego was baptized in the year 1527. He was 53 years old.
His Aztec name was Cuauhtlatoatzin (try to pronounce that one)!
His new Christian name was Juan Diego. He was baptized with his wife whose name became Maria Lucia and she passed away 2 years later.
Here are a few images of Tepeyac Hill...
Juan Diego's story begins here on a cold winter morning on December 9,1531.
This is where he heard heavenly music and a saw a beautiful lady standing in bright light.
beautiful chapel at the top.
Here I am at the top, looking down over the new Basilica and Mexico City...
These beautiful angel statues remind me of sentinels at the top of Tepeyac Hill...
I tried to sit there and picture the story in my heart, as I gazed over the massive city below.
Juan Diego gathered those flowers in his tilma from the hill, placed carefully by our lady,
and ran to the bishop.
When Juan Diego dropped the corners of his tilma in front of the bishop, a cascade of roses fell to the floor and a luminous image of Our Lady appeared there on his tilma. I could picture the wide-eyed bishop gazing upon the glorious image of the Mother of God that took his breath away.
The tilma with the sacred image was immediately protected by the bishop and he agreed to build the church that Our Lady requested!
This is the original Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, still standing today. It was under renovation at the time of our pilgrimage.
What a blessing to be able to see this church and the newer Basilica as well.
The miraculous image can be seen today at the new Basilica in this photo.
( I liked the exterior design of the older one much better)
They bring me comfort time and time again:
"Do not let your heart be disturbed. Do not let anything worry or afflict you; do not fear illness nor any troublesome happening or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother?
Are you not under my shadow and protection?
Am I not your life and health?
Are you not in the folds of my mantle?
In the crossing of my arms?
Is there anything else you need?"
Today, I recreate the pilgrimage with my children through photos and story books.
This is what we have on our school room shelf to read this week:
This is my personal favorite and better for the older children:
The illustrations are magnificent!
They inspired me to make the candles you see on our shelf.
The photos from that craft are in my archives HERE.
We found the little votive holders from the Dollar Tree and just used Mod Podge and glitter!
Our afternoon treat was Mexicocoa!
This is something our entire family looks forward to around these Feast Days...
Prayer to St. Juan Diego of Guadalupe
O St. Juan Diego, in the appearance of
Our Lady of Guadalupe, you, a humble
peasant, were chosen as Her messenger.
Your faithfulness in this task is evident
still today, in the miraculous image the
Virgin left upon your tilma.
Intercede for me, I pray, that I might have
your childlike trust in the Mother of
God, and that my heart might respond to
her maternal promptings.
Through such simple confidence,
obedience, and love, may I join you one
day in sharing everlasting joy, where our
heavenly Mother reigns in the glory of
Her Son. Amen
Born in 1474
Died- May 30, 1548
Canonized a Saint-July 31, 2002