Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Shrine

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Shrine

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Beautiful 10:00am mass. Thank you all for making this possible.
Serving communion to the parishioners.
In anticipation of December: The Guadalupen Events The Aztecs, like all peoples, looked for the answers to the great Questions of life: What is the origin of Humanity? Who was the creator of the Universe? And all that is in it? In response to these question there came forth a large number of great thinkers and poets ( cuicani: poet or singer ) who addressed themselves to these enigmas. Those who found answers felt satisfaction and joy; those who did not turned their back on the whole business and contented themselves in drunkenness. As a sample of the richness and profundity of Aztec thought, the following are abstracts of some of their poetry: LIFE LIKE A DREAM Do we speak with truth here, oh giver of life? We only dream, we arise from sleeping. All is like a dream . . . No one speaks with truth here. Cantares Mexicanos Vol. 5 FLOWER AND SONG At last my heart comprehends; I hear a song . . I contemplate a flower Oh to God that they not wither THE HERE-AFTER My flowers will be without end. My song will be unending. I, Cantor elevate them, They are spread and distributed. Even though the flowers yellow and wither, They will be taken to the here-after To the interior of the house, Of the bird of the golden plumes. Cantares Mexicanos Vol. 16 SUPREME DUAL DIETY …and the Toltecs knew, that many were the heavens, they say that there are twelve divisions superimposed. There live the true God and His Complement, The Celestial God is called, Lord of the Duality. His Complement is called Lady of The Duality Celestial Lady; which means: Over the twelve heavens He is King, is Lord. Mother of the Gods, Father of the Gods, The Old God, Extended though out the umbilicus of the Earth, Within an enclosure of turquoise, He who is in the Water the color of the blue bird. The Old God, who abides in the shadows of the region Of the dead, the Lord of fire and the year. Florentine Codicle Vol. 6 For these people, truth, stability and basis are synonymous. In other words, they use basis or stability to say truth. “Do we speak with truth here” would be the equivalent of: Are we with stability or basis here, or be it with per during roots. “We only dream we arise from sleep” To live in this world is not stable, it is not well based, with roots, as is the case in a dream. It is at death that one awakens from the dream, to begin the true life, or be it the stable life, with basis forever. We dream (we are born), we arise from sleep (we resurrect) we awaken from the dream; we die and at one and the same time resurrect. “No one speaks with truth here.” No one lives with stability and basis here, life on this plane is not the Eternal life. They come to the conclusion that, after all, poetry is the only stability in this life. From there they arrive at the understanding of The True God. “Who is in the enclosure of turquoise (in the heavens) The Old God (eternal) Who Abides In The Shadows (invisible) Of The Region o The Dead (of the excarnate, where the souls are) The Lord Of Fire And The Year, The Lord Of Life and Time. God was seen by this people as The True God who is in the height of the heavens and in the profundity of the ocean. The Eternal God, who is invisible, who gives us life and time. What we call heavens they called the place of The Duality, where The Duality resides. They saw The Duality as one person, One God, not a plurality of gods. They were in effect Monotheistic. It would by the Christians who in their zeal, would refer to the many manifestations, aspects and attributes of The One God by which the Aztecs recognized God, the title of gods and in their ignorance with a lower case g. They saw The Complement as perfect within self. They saw God as Father and Mother, The Lord/Lady who feeds us. They invoked God therefore under different titles: The God of The Duality Lord of The Duality Lady of The Duality Lord/Lady Our Nourishment Our Mother, Brilliant Star The One of The Mantle of Stars Other titles were but manifestations, attributes and aspects of the same God. So they also had: The Lady of The Duality God in the attributes of Maternity and femininity The God of the Wind With intangible and omniscient attributes The God Of Darkness The attribute of invisibility The God of The Rain In the productive and providential aspects of life, who descends from the heavens to give life to the animals, plants, man and for the good of creation. The destiny or place where they went upon awakening from the dream was rigid, not because of the class or cast, but determined by the nature of death. The True Life depended upon the mode of awakening from the dream. In this way they divided the heavens into four parts: THE FIRST WAS DIVIDED INTO NINE LEVELS BELOW THE EARTH. Those who find themselves here must yet undergo trials and struggle until they arrive at the last level, where they disappear. This has been interpreted to mean the disappearance of struggles and suffering in order that one might begin to rejoice in true happiness. Those who went there were thought to have died without struggle and without glory. THE SECOND WAS KNOWN AS THE PLACE OF ETERNAL SPRING This was a place without struggle or pain. Here were thought went those who were killed in drowning, struck by lightning or as a result of sickness related to water such as dropsy. It was also known as The Place Of Delight. THE THIRD WAS KNOWN AS THE HOUSE OF THE SUN. Here went the companions of The Eagle., those who died on the rock of sacrifice, those who died in the camp of battle. To this place went the women who died in childbirth. This is the level to which all aspired to go, even though most went to the first [place. To die in sacrifice or battle was the greatest aspiration. All who would awaken from sleep in this manner went directly to the House of The Sun. THE FOURTH LEVEL WAS KNOW AS THE TREE OF LIQUID NOURISHMENT To this level went all the children who died before attaining the use of reason. They were buried with an earthen vessel containing the milk of their Mother. It was seen to be in the House of The God Who Nourishes us. What we know as the four Cardinal Points, they referred to as the four directions of the Universe. They considered these four direction as opposing forces, which struggled, one against the other, none being superior to the other. In the moment in which one direction were to vanquish another, the cataclysm would come destroying the entire Universe and its contents. Within or be it at the center of these four directions was located stability and truth. The weight and greatness of the number four to the Aztecs cannot be sufficiently underscored. It was the favorite or better yet chosen number being that within it rests stability, truth and basis. It is well founded, stable and true. THE AZTEC COLORS Colors played a very important part in their lives and were a language unto themselves. They were above all the beauty at hand, a symbolism wrapped in the profundity of religiosity. Colors were ascribed to the Four Directions as follows: EAST YELLOW In consequence of the light of the Sun the source of New Life every First Light WEST BLUE-GREEN Jade, Turquoise and the color of the Quetzal Bird of the finest and Blue Plumage the color of the Western sky where the Sun dies at Last Light and God Comes forth In a Mantel of Stars to see us through the night SOUTH WHITE From the Rain , the shells of the sea and the Woman who regenerates life. The Providential attributes of God NORTH BLACK AND RED The Dream and Resurrection, the cycle through which we all pass from this plane to the real life in the hereafter. The Sacerdotal colors The colors were of the temple and of the House of God, divided into four great sections in the same order and direction as the four points of the Universe. The colors which they utilized for their murals and sculpture were: RED – VERMILLION For all under garments, slips or albs and some ornaments. BLUE – CERULEAN For the plums and some ornaments of Jade and Turquoise. YELLOW – OCRE For plums ornaments and jewels OCRE – ROSE For human skin WHITE For the eyes, canine teeth, fangs, bones and robes of cotton BLACK To contour or outline the motif and to make it stand out X X X X X X X X X X X X X WEALTH AND BEAUTY Wealth was Jade and Turquoise, plums were beauty. These objects grew to be very sacred and venerated. Gold they considered the ‘Dung of God’. On their arrival the Spaniards would refuse Jade, Turquoise and plums offered them. Instead, these would demand the ‘Dung of God’. SYMBOLS AND SIGNS Among the many symbols of the Aztecs are these two, which are significant to this study: The Symbol of Triumph The Construction of a Temple – For a people as profoundly religious as the Aztecs the building of a Temple meant much more than the mere construction of it. The construction of a Temple is the triumph of one people over another. It is. More importantly the triumph of the God of one people over that of another. SYMBOL OF THE VANQUISHED A Temple destroyed and burnt – It was the custom and tradition among these peoples that when a people were vanquished by another, the sign by which this was made known was the burning of the Temple. As a coincidence or thing more of destiny, the Spaniards, although for other motives, upon vanquishing the Aztecs, destroyed and burnt their Temples. These people did not have a tradition of flags or News Papers. This was the way they acknowledged the defeat of a Nation. It therefore is more in the mind of the ignorant to think the burning and destruction of Temples by the Spaniards a dastardly act. It certainly was not seen that way by the Aztec. The great significance of this to the Aztec cannot go without notice. They not only saw these as signs of their conquest but more importantly to them as the sign of the beginning of a New Era, Culture, People and Civilization, as had always been their tradition under these circumstances. TRANSLATION OF SOME OF THE FOUR APARITIONS OF TECUATLXOPE OR AS THE SPANIARDS WOULD NAME HER DE GUADALUPE AND WE HAVE COME TO KNOW HER OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, FROM THE NICANMOPOHUA, FIRST TRANSLATED INTO SPANISH AND NOW TO ENGLISH: … on arriving along side the hill known as Tepeyac (Hill of Stone) it was dawning and he heard from on top (the Tepeyacac the nose or summit) of the hill, singing; like the song of various precious birds. At intervals the singing would hush and it seemed as if the very hill responded. Their song delightful and pleasing excelled that of the finest of birds that sing. As Juan Diego stopped to see he asked himself; by some fortune am I worthy to hear what I hear? Perhaps I dream? I arise from sleeping? Where am I? Perhaps I am already in Heaven? He was approaching toward the East, the precious celestial song proceeding from atop the hill. Suddenly all stopped and it became silent, he heard himself called from atop the hill “Juanito: Juan Diegito.” On arriving along side the hill known as Tepeyac it was dawning – Dawning or First Light for this People was of great Theological significance. The Sun coming forth to give new life to the plants, animals and man. In consequence of this New Life, comes the “Song of Precious Birds.” “By some fortune I am worthy of what I hear?” No human being is worthy nor can he perceive the song of the little birds which sing in Heaven (note that he does not say that hehears a choir of angels singing, much less in Latin, but the song of various Precious Birds. “Perhaps I dream?” To live in this world is to dream. To die is to awaken from the dream. The expression “Perhaps I dream?” might be better translated as “Have I just resurrected?” Listen with your Heart to what the Aztec Burial Rite prescribes for one of the Companions of The Eagle: “Awaken, the sky already turns to rose, The Aurora has presented itself, The birds of Yellow plumage sing, The Swallows color of fire, The butterflies in flight.” Codice matritense da la real Academia de la historia, textos De los informants de Sahagun Vol. 195.v It is with great interest to note how this “Liturgical Formula” has been transformed in the course of time to a popular song which commemorates the day on which a human being entered the Dream, as opposed to its original intent which commemorated the day on which one Resurrected from it. In its first adaptation from the Aztec it commemorated the day on which one received New Life in Baptism or be it one’s Name Day at First Light and later that day with a Pinata. It has been more recently adapted to the European penchant for ‘Birthday celebrations” and combined with the Birthday cake. Awake, my love, awake Look, it has now dawned The Little Birds are singing The Moon has now gone. “WHERE AM I? Perhaps in the Terrestrial Paradise of which the Old Ones, Our Elders, left word?” This expression does not refer to the Terrestrial Paradise wherein lived Adam and EVE. “The Old Ones, Our Elders” had no acquaintance with such knowledge. “The Eternal Paradise” is the place of Eternal Spring (where go those who die by accident, sickness or drowning) where the flowers are caressed by the delicate dew and cadence of the rain. To these people, the song of the birds, the beautiful colors and so radiant light could be no other place than The House of The Sun, heaven. “...he was looking toward the East,” That is, he was looking toward the place where the Sun is Born, from which New Life comes. For this reason it is of the utmost significance that have been the East and not any other directions of The Universe (east, region of the nascent Sun, region of the Yellow color where the sound of the Quetzal bird of fine plumage is heard.) “Atop the hill from whence proceeded the precious celestial song,” Where resides The Duality. God is also atop the temple or pyramid or Hill of Rock. It is from there above whence precedes the celestial song of the little birds. ‘He heard himself called from atop the hill Juanito, Juan Diegito.” This without a doubt is an adaptation to the language of the Spaniards from the Nahuatl. The Mother of God could not have said Juanito, Juan Diegito.” in the diminutive. The diminutive is not of the Nahuatl language. The Aztecs more or less used the following form of greeting: Sir Elder Brother or Sir Younger Brother. The manner of address extended between parents and children and vice versa was one of great respect and veneration: Venerable Father or Our Most Venerated Father. Venerable Mother or Our Most Venerated Mother. The Parents would direct themselves to the Children in the following manner: Very Noble Son. With all certainty the Mother of God said: Venerable, Much Esteemed, One of the Princes, Much Worthy of Confidence. It is a language of gentility and one which “The Old Ones, Our Elders” accustomed. In other words, Tecuatlxope, Our most Venerable Mother, The Crusher of the Stone Serpent, The One of the Mantle of Stars does not see the smallness or insignificance of Juan Diego but his beauty and greatness because he is created in the image and likeness of God. The conceptual adaptation from the Nahuatl to the Spaniards language and understanding would very naturally occasion the use of the diminutive, as in Castilian the use of the diminutive is used to express veneration, respect, confidence and great esteem. For example to call ones Grand Mother ‘Abuelita’, (diminutive for Grandmother) is not to say that she is the smallest of all Grandmothers. In Castilian it would not have the same intimacy to call her Most Venerable Grandmother or be it Muy Venerable Abuela or Muy Respetable y Venerable Abuela. We have here one of the innumerable cases in which Aboriginals were caused to make adaptations favorable to the now dominant society, not unlike our having taught them to say that they were dancing when in effect they were praying. Yet even in its base it is well founded with good roots, veneration, mutual esteem and confidence of parents for children. So even today, the Aztecs may have lost their language but the manner Of feeling or expressing continues. “Juanito, Juan Diegito” based on the preceding would be equivalent to: ‘JUAN Diego, the Grandest and Principal of My Sons.” Only in this way could it have had meaning for the Mother of God to have said later on, ‘You are my Ambassador, Worthy of much Confidence.” DESCRIPTION OF TEPEYAC At the moment of apparition … having arrived before her, he marveled at her super human grandeur: Her apparel was radiant like the Sun; so rich was her splendor that the rock upon which She was appeared as a cluster of precious stones and the Earth shone like the rainbow. The Mesquite, the Cactus and Herbage appeared as Emeralds, the Leaves of fine Turquoise, the Branches and Thorns shone like Gold.” The impact for the Aboriginal Human was not so much the value of the richness he saw in Emeralds, Turquoise or Gold but in the Theological significance of the Colors. It is in the coloring and so radiant light that this place is seen as Sacred, this place must be Heaven from whence comes the expression of Juan Diego ‘Perhaps I am already in heaven?” “Know and have the understanding, you the smallest of My Sons, that I am the always Virgin Mary, Mother of The True God for whom one lives: The Creator in whom all is, Lord of the Heavens and of the Earth.” Know and have the understanding is a very Aztec manner of speaking; saying the same thing in differing ways, such as for example “THEY ARE SPREAD THEY ARE DISTRIBUTED.”, “They yellow they wither.” “I am Mary, Mother of The True God” Here again the language and conceptualization is markedly Aztec: It is a Litany of the Titles of God in each of God’s distinct attributes yet remaining One and The Same God. Let us look at some of these Titles; ‘Mother of The True God” – True, well founded, with stability, firm. ‘Giver of Live” - That is, for whom we live, who is near and in all places. In this way the narration from the Nican Mopohua is better understood. ; “Of The Creator in Whom all is.” - In other words, ‘I am Mary, Mother of …” and She lists all of the attributes of the Aztec Ometeotl (Ome “dual” teotl “deity”). “I Desire urgently that a Temple be erected to me here.” One can only begin to imagine, with what great satisfaction and joy, Juan Diego and subsequently all the Aztec, realized the significance of the ‘Construction of a Temple’, the passing from the vanquished to the triumphant, the passing from a state of pusillanimity in which they would rather die to a state of victorious animus and desire to live (was pressing and urgent). This pressing urgency is expressed in the adverb ‘Vivamente”. This Temple was to be for all Aboriginal Humans now finding themselves under Christian Conquest. From another perspective that The Mother of God should say that the Temple be built to Me ‘here”, that is to say on this spot or be it the Tepeyacac, the nose or summit of the Hill of Rock does not cease to have significance for these and all Aboriginal Humans on this Continent. It was precisely on top of Tepeyac where they had for so long venerated “Tonantzin” or be it “Our Very Venerable Mother”. The mother of God insists that it be on sacred ground. “So that here I may show all my Love, Compassion, Help and Defense,” Here again we see the same thing expressed in differing words. It was necessary to speak in this fashion in order to see the differing facets of the one concept. The Aztec themselves spoke and expressed their Theology in this way. It is of interest here that there are four: Love, Compassion, Help and Defense. Situating them in the four directions of the Universe as the Aztec did we can illustrate the following: COMPASSION DEFENSE LOVE HELP “To hear there your Laments and remedy all your ills, needs and sorrows.” As in the anterior case, here we have the differing facets of the same concept and the fact that they are four. Situating them as the Aztec we have the following: COMPASSION LAMENTS DEFENSE LOVE TROUBLE SORROW HELP NEEDS THE SECOND APPARITION “For which I urge you highly Lady and Child of mine, that to one of the principals, acknowledged, respected and esteemed you entrust the carrying of you message so that it be believed.” Here again we have a beautiful expression of the Aztec way of speaking. “One of the principals, known, respected and esteemed.’ Besides being four distinct manners of expressing the same concept, which may appear redundant and fastidious, what Juan Diego asks The Mother of God is that She send someone who is the Son of a Noble, one of the Princes, one of the principals, who lives within the City, with some title of Nobility and who is therefore worthy of such great confidence. “Because I am a lowly man, I am a rope, I am a ladder, a tail, a leaf, a small person.” The description Juan Diego makes of himself is of a plebian, a mister nobody, on whom all step without notice, one who is outside, who does not count for anything and is refused. “Hear, smallest of my Sons, have understood that my servants are many, whom I can commission to take my message and do my will; but it is of every precise point that you yourself solicit….” The Mother of God acknowledges the greatness of all people but chooses Juan Diego, great among them all. THE THIRD APPARITION “… if I go directly, would that The Lady not see me and in any case detain me so that I take a sign to the prelate, as She prevailed upon me….” Then he went around the base of the Hill of Rock, he went up between it and passed to the side, toward the East, in order to arrive quickly in Mexico City and that he not be detained by The Lady from Heaven. It is very natural to Juan Diego to think and act in this way. The Lady fro Heaven, The Lady of The Duality is at the Summit of Tepeyac, On the height of the Hill of Rock, at the top where man and God commune. In this way, by going around the Hill of Rock He will not see Her. THE FOURTH APPARITION “Hear and have understood the smallest of my sons, that which frightens you is nothing, do not fear that infirmity or any other particular infirmity or affliction.” Note the language, the manner in which the various aspects of the same concept are developed. We have this again in the words with which The Mother of God continues saying: “Am I not here your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not by fortune in my embrace? What more are you to deserve? Do not be grieved or disturbed by any other thing, Do not be pained by the infirmity of your Uncle, he will not die now of it. Be assured that he is now well.” THE MIRACLE OF THE ROSES “Go up the smallest of my sons, there, where you saw me and I gave you orders, you will find that there are different flowers; cut them, gather them, pick them up, then descend and bring them to my presence.” The miracle of the Roses far exceeds the mere fact that they bloom in that place or in the month of December. The flower is of itself of great theological significance to this people. Flower and Song, that is to say, the only well founded, the only true thing in this world. Note that the narrative of the apparitions begins with the Song of precious birds and terminates with flowers. The apparitions are marked in Flower and Song or be it in truth and beauty. An interpretation of the paragraph to which we refer might go like this: Juan, Noble Son, great among all, goes up to the summit of the Hill of Rock, where resides the God of The Duality, where you saw me. It is of importance to note these words ‘where you saw me”, that is to say, I also abide where the God of The Duality is. “You will find that there are different flowers.” Would be to say hearts, peoples of God. “Bring them to my presence.” This last the Aztec themselves would say Mopohua, in English Self evident and in Castilian, Por si mismo habla. “This diversity of Roses is the proof and sign which you will take to the Bishop.” A flower of a color to the Aztec enclosed the concept of a person or a heart. Flowers of every color then, embrace the concept of all the peoples or All The Nations. This diversity of peoples of God is the proof and sign which you will take to the Bishop so that he see that in you there is stability, that you tell the truth, the proof and sign that I Am The Mother of God, who desires that all peoples (all the Nations) symbolized by the diversity of the colors in which the Roses grew), shall be saved. “ You are my ambassador, very worthy of my confidence.” Another point of interest lies in that when Juan Diego speaks with the Bishop, he – the Bishop that is, remains comfortably seated (unmoved) in his Episcopal Chair while Juan Diego stands with his gaze toward Mother Earth; in the end God works so greatly in the Bishop’s presence that the Bishop is caused to prostrate himself on his knees and recognize the messenger of The Mother of God who stands sustaining the Tilma where moments before there had spilled Roses of every color and now coming forth on the blank Tilma not unlike a Television image is the form of The Lady of Heaven (OMEGIHUATL), The Lady Who Nourishes us (TONACACIHUATL), Our Most Venerable Mother (TONATZIN),The One of The Mantle of Stars (CITLALINICUE). The proof of this fact lies in that the reflection on the eyes of the image are of those in the room with Juan Diego when it came forth and not of the Hill of Rock. And of course important to note that the images are of four men, two Africans who worked the residence, an Aztec interpreter and the Bishop. We have come to know it as the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Aztec people never for an instant doubted the veracity of the apparitions of TECUATLXOPE. They are others, who doubt. The apparitions were four, that is to say they are well founded, stable, with basis and in other words true. The Aztec not only understood the apparitions but also understood the message of Love, Salvation, Truth and Life that was left imprinted on Juan Diego’s Tilma, in the very image of Our Most Venerable Mother. The image of Tecuatlxope To the Aztec, Her appearance spoke not of the Foreign but of the Intimate and Familiar. Her face was youthful, Her eyes those of a mature Person, Her smile one of compassion. The countenance for the Aztec was the identity of the person. The Dress: Was of a pale rose color, the color of the blood spilt in Human Sacrifice. It was the color of God who gave and conserved life that came from Him. It was also the color of the East where before Sunrise the sky turns a rose hew, the region from whence the Sun comes out victorious every morning after having died in a rose hew for the night. The color does not only capture the death of the Sun but the birth of the Sun, which is the sign of New Life, New Beginning. There are small flowers with four petals in Gold, one petal in each direction of the universe. The other LARGER FLOWERS are in the Aztec shape of the Heart, The heart pointing up is turned toward God as they came out of the Chest in the offering of Human Sacrifice and therefore have a face. These are the Flowers of Ometeotl. The people of God. All are children of God. They can be seen looking out from God who has accepted their Old Testament Worship and now gives reason to no longer have to worship in the Old Way any longer. One has died that no more need to. She who gave him Birth now offers Him to this New People who joyously accept. The Predominant Color: It is the Blue-Green of the mantle. This was first among the colors of Ometeotl, Father/Mother, the origin of all the natural forces and all that exists. This Jade Blue Green Turquoise was the color of God and was reserved in the language of their Murals and paintings for God and nobility. In the psychology of the Aztec world of color, Blue-Green was firm, stable and in the center of the cross of the opposing forces. In and of itself it signified the force that unified the opposing tensions that are in struggle through out the Universe. The Stars On The Mantle: The One of The Mantle of Stars, a title for God who watches over us through out the darkness of the night in the absence of the Sun. One of the prophetic signs which the learned and wise interpreted as a sign of the termination of their Civilization that was the presence ten years before the Conquest of a Comet. It was so brilliant that it could be seen in the Light of The Sun. For other people in the world this appeared as a Star with a giant tail. Just as the Stars had served to symbolize the end of their Civilization they also announced the beginning of a new Civilization. The Angel On Whose Shoulders The Virgin Is Carried: The fact that she is carried on the shoulders of another, for the Aztec, could signify two different things: although not opposed one to the other. In fact both were more than likely the understood and celebrated. Only the very important persons were carried on shoulders. The fact that She is carried on the shoulders of an extra terrestrial being signified that She came of Her own will and not that of the Spaniards. * In accord with the concept of the times each era or period of time was sustained by a new understanding of God. As the time had finished for the anterior Civilization a New Understanding from God was necessary. In this way a New Era was Commencing - The era of The Lady and all She signifies - The Era Of The Woman The Rays Of The Sun: The principal attribute in the pantheon of nature, which symbolized God, was The Sun. God’s Home or heaven was the House of the Sun. The fact that The Lady occludes the Sun but does not extinguish it is of great significance. She is greater than their most important symbolic expression of God, yet She does not destroy it. Her Foot On The Moon: Also in the pantheon of Nature by which they expressed their understanding of God was the Moon that was expressive of the feminine attribute of The One God. God in the night. The One of The Mantle Of Stars. The Lady is greater since She has her foot on the Moon, yet, She does not destroy it. The Position Of The Eyes: Although She is greater than all the expression of God that they knew of, She is not proud, vain, arrogant or indifferent to the needs of the people. Neither does she demonstrate the impersonal nature of the Mayan or masked expression of God that the Aztec had utilized. Her eyes are looking down toward Mother Earth (toward Herself, self evident). She looks toward the people yet permits them to be reflected in Her eyes that they may see themselves in Her. Her look is of compassion. What She said to Juan Diego was confirmed by the expression on Her face. The Black Maternity Band: Around Her waist, The Lady has the band of maternity. This is the sign that She is pregnant. It is Her Son whom She is offering to the ‘New World’ as the position of her hands demonstrates. It is more than the posture of prayer it is the posture of offering. God now offers The Son of God who is sacrificed at the center of the four directions to reconcile the universe to Him that no more need die. The Angel And The Medal: The plums and jade symbolized richness and the beauty in the Aztec world here acknowledged on the very image of Our Lady. That which the Europeans refused anywhere in the Americas to this very day, Our Lady recognizes and adorns Herself with it. The Sun, Moon and Stars Together: A symbol of love, of stability. The fact they are together symbolizes that there is no longer contention among them. In other words again She tells them that there is no longer need to make human sacrifice to strengthen God as symbolized by The Sun. Gods battle against darkness has been victorious. They are others who are yet robbed of the Victory and await salvation now. Mercilessness is no more. The God Who is Mercy has prevailed. The Colors Of The Image: These are the colors of the four directions of the Universe. Interestingly they saw God at the Center of The Four Directions. The fact that the Colors of The Four Directions come together in Her Image assure the Aztec that this is indeed Our Most Venerable Mother. All together it is marked by Flower and Song or be it Truth and Beauty, Sacred and Precious, well based and Stable, conforming in every way with Aztec thought, culture and religion. This proving once again that only God’s embrace is large enough to be inclusive of all creation. Man still waits to discover the greatness of what God has done not only across the Atlantic in the ‘Old World’ but here in ‘The New” as well.

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April 26, 2020 Mass for the Third Sunday of Easter

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[04/25/20]   Saturday, April 25, 2020

Fr. David will be offering confession from 2 - 4 PM, in front of the Religious Education building .

Padre David estará ofreciendo confesion de 2 - 4 de la tarde, en el estacionamiento enfrente del edificio de Educación Religiosa.

UPDATE!!

THEY ARE SOLD OUT OF GORDITAS
THANK YIU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

YA SE VENDIERON TODAS LAS GORDITAS
GRACIAS POR SU APOYO!!

Porfavor compartan y pongan sus órdenes

Domingo, 26 de abril las Guadalupanas estarán vendiendo un plato para llevar de Gorditas por $12.00, que incluye 3 gorditas, arroz, frijoles, salsa, y una bebida. Comenzando a las 11:00 de la mañana en el salón de Todos los Santos. Llame o envíe un mensaje de texto con su pedido al 432.664.8335 o 432.238.0681. Todo par beneficio de la parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.

Please share and place your orders

Sunday, April 26th the Guadalupanas are selling a to-go plate of Gorditas for $12.00, it includes 3 gorditas, rice, beans, salsa, and a drink. Starting at 11:00 AM in the All Saints hall. Call or text your order to 432.664.8335 or 432.238.0681. All proceeded will benefit Our Lady of Guadalupe parish

[04/24/20]   ¡Nuestro lavado de autos terminó y fue un GRAN éxito! El lavado de autos regresará el 9 de mayo, más información por veneer. ¡MUCHAS GRACIAS A TODOS LOS QUE SALIERON Y MOSTRARON SU APOYO!
¡¡¡¡¡DIOS ES BUENO!!!!!

[04/24/20]   Our car wash is over, and was a HUGE success!!! The car wash will be back on May 9th, more information to follow. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL WHO CAME OUT AND SHOWED YOUR SUPPORT!!!
GOD IS GOOD!!!!!

[04/24/20]   A message from Father David:

During this time when we are asked to stay home, several parishioners are wanting to do "something." That is good to hear! It is important to continue putting our faith into concrete action. I have something for those who want to do that this Saturday morning. Give the gift of life in imitation of Christ who gave his blood in order for others to live. OLG will be having a Blood Drive this Saturday, April 25th. While several have signed up, we need more to do so! Let's make this the most successful blood drive we have ever had because as you probably know blood is needed during this time of the pandemic. You must have a proper ID and please wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, you will be given one. For more information please call Dora Howard at 967-0983 or just show up and give.

April 24, 2020
Mass for Friday of the Second Week of Easter

One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

HAPPENING NOW

¡¡¡COMPARTAN!!! SHARE!!!
🥫🚗🧽

We are hosting a car wash food drive to benefit the OLG food pantry on the church grounds TODAY, Friday April 24th. Donate a minimum of 10 canned goods to receive a free exterior car wash, all vehicle sizes are welcome. Come out and help us provide for those less fortunate in our community!!!

Estamos teniendo un lavado de autos con colecta de alimentos para beneficio de la dispensa de alimentos de NSG en las instalaciones de la iglesia HOY, viernes 24 de abril. Done un mínimo de 10 productos enlatados para recibir un lavado de autos exterior gratuito, todo tamaño de vehículos es bienvenidos. ¡Vengan y ayúdanos a proveer para aquellos menos afortunados en nuestra comunidad!

[04/24/20]   4/24/2020
We will be LIVE on Facebook and our website www.olgmidland.org
Mass at 12:05 noon

[04/24/20]   HAPPENING NOW

¡¡¡COMPARTAN!!! SHARE!!!
🥫🚗🧽

We are hosting a car wash food drive to benefit the OLG food pantry on the church grounds TODAY, Friday April 24th. Donate a minimum of 10 canned goods to receive a free exterior car wash, all vehicle sizes are welcome. Come out and help us provide for those less fortunate in our community!!!

Estamos teniendo un lavado de autos con colecta de alimentos para beneficio de la dispensa de alimentos de NSG en las instalaciones de la iglesia HOY, viernes 24 de abril. Done un mínimo de 10 productos enlatados para recibir un lavado de autos exterior gratuito, todo tamaño de vehículos es bienvenidos. ¡Vengan y ayúdanos a proveer para aquellos menos afortunados en nuestra comunidad!

[04/24/20]   ¡¡¡COMPARTAN!!! SHARE!!!
🥫🚗🧽

We will be hosting a car wash food drive to benefit the OLG food pantry on the church grounds tomorrow, Friday April 24th starting at 7AM. Donate a minimum of 10 canned goods to receive a free exterior car wash, all vehicle sizes are welcome. Come out and help us provide for those less fortunate in our community!!!

Tendremos un lavado de autos con colecta de alimentos para beneficio de la dispensa de alimentos de NSG en las instalaciones de la iglesia mañana, viernes 24 de abril a partir de las 7 de la mañana. Done un mínimo de 10 productos enlatados para recibir un lavado de autos exterior gratuito, todo tamaño de vehículos es bienvenidos. ¡Vengan y ayúdanos a proveer para aquellos menos afortunados en nuestra comunidad!

23 de abril, 2020
Adoración❤🔥❤
¡Entren, inclinémonos para adorarlo! ¡Doblemos la rodilla ante el Señor que nos creó! Salmo 95:6

Adoration🔥❤🔥
Enter, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. Psalm 95:6

[04/23/20]   4/23/2020
Adoración en VIVO en Facebook a las 7 de la tarde
Adoration LIVE on Facebook at 7 PM
❤🔥❤🔥❤🔥

23 de abril, 2020
Misa del jueves de la Segunda semana de Pascua

El Señor no está lejos de sus fieles y levanta a las almas abatidas. Muchas tribulaciones pasa el justo, pero de todas ellas Dios lo libra.

[04/23/20]   4/23/2020
Estaremos en VIVO en Facebook y nuestra página web www.olgmidland.org
para la Misa de las 6 de la tarde

April 23, 2020
Mass for Tuesday of the Second week of Easter

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
Many are the troubles of the just man,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him.

[04/23/20]   4/23/2020
We will be LIVE on Facebook and our website www.olgmidland.org for our 12:05 noon Mass

Earth Day 2020
Del Señor es la tierra y lo que contiene, el mundo y todos sus habitantes; Salmo 24:1

April 22, 2020
Mass for Wednesday of the Second week of Easter

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the LORD; the lowly will hear me and be glad.

[04/22/20]   Tuesday-Friday

Fr. David offers confession from 1 - 2 PM, in front of the Religious Education building.

Martes - Viernes
Padre David estará ofreciendo confesion de 1 - 2 de la tarde, en el estacionamiento enfrente del edificio de Educación Religiosa.

[04/22/20]   4/22/2020
We will be LIVE on Facebook and our website www.olgmidland.org for our 12:05 noon Mass

Mensajes para Padre David pueden ser enviados por correo a: 1401 Garden Lane Midland, TX 79701, por correo electrónico a: [email protected], o por Facebook Messenger.

[04/22/20]   Si estan interesados en ordenar una camiseta del Festival Familiar 2020 para sus niños necesita comunicarse con Michelle Cisneros al 432.894.1421 para mas información.

If you would be interested in ordering 20202 Family Fair t-shirts for your little ones you need to contact Michelle Cisneros at 432.894.1421 for more information.

Messages for Father David can be sent to the parish at: 1401 Garden Lane Midland, TX 79701, via email to: [email protected], or on Facebook Messenger.

21 de abril, 2020, Misa del Martes de la Segunda semana de Pascua

Con grandes muestras de poder, los apóstoles daban testimonio de la resurrección del Señor Jesús y todos gozaban de gran estimación entre el pueblo.

[04/21/20]   Estaremos en VIVO en Facebook para la Misa de las 6 de la tarde

April 21, 2020
Mass for Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

With great power, the Apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.

[04/21/20]   We will be LIVE on Facebook and our website www.olgmidland.org at 12:05

[04/19/20]   Divine Mercy Sunday April 19, 2020
We will be LIVE on Facebook and our website www.olgmidland.org
for our English Mass at 10 AM

Remember today as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, God opens the floodgates of heaven in order to pour forth His loving forgiveness upon us as sinners. It is a special Sunday for the Church, calling all to repent from sin and claim the blessing of God's mercy. After the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, we will have about 15 to 20 minutes of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and then Fr. David will process outside the front of the Church and offer "a drive-through" Eucharistic blessing. We will use the same method as we used on Good Friday to venerate the Holy Cross. Form a "parade of cars", passing by in front of the Church, and then remaining in your cars stop for the blessing. After receiving the blessing you may drive off. We would suggest that an act of contrition be prayed before you receive the blessing from the Eucharist.

19 de abril, 2020
Misa del Domingo de la Divina Misericordia
“Tú crees porque me has visto; dichosos los que creen sin haber visto.”

Para donaciones en línea haga clic en el sitio web: http://www.sanangelodiocese.org/covid-19, y seleccione la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en la ciudad de Midland, su generosidad es muy apreciada durante este tiempo.

[04/19/20]   Domingo de la Divina Misericordia 19, abril, 2020 estaremos en VIVO en Facebook y nuestra página web www.olgmidland.org para la Misa en Español a las 8 de la mañana

Y recuerde que hoy celebramos el Domingo de la Divina Misericordia, Dios abre las compuertas del cielo para derramar Su perdón amoroso sobre nosotros como pecadores. Es un domingo especial para la Iglesia, llamando a todos a arrepentirse del pecado y reclamar la bendición de la misericordia de Dios. Después de la misa de las 10:00 de la mañana del domingo, tendremos entre 15 y 20 minutos de adoración del Santísimo Sacramento, y luego el Padre David procesará fuera en frente de la Iglesia y ofrecerá una bendición Eucarística "de paso". Usaremos el mismo método que usamos el Viernes Santo para venerar la Santa Cruz. Forme un "desfile de autos", pase en frente de la Iglesia y luego permaneciendo en sus autos, deténgase para recibir la bendición. Después de recibir la bendición, puede irse. Sugerimos que se ore un acto de contrición antes de recibir la bendición de la Eucaristía.

Jesus, I trust in You!
¡Jesús, en Ti confio!

[04/18/20]   Saturday, April 18, 2020

Fr. David will be offering confession from 2 - 4 PM, in front of the Religious Education building .

Padre David estará ofreciendo confesion de 2 - 4 de la tarde, en el estacionamiento enfrente del edificio de Educación Religiosa.

April 17, 2020
Mass for Friday in the Octave of Easter

The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

[04/17/20]   4/17/2020
We will be LIVE On Facebook for our 12:05 Mass

¡¡COMPARTAN!! SHARE!!

Este fin de semana 19 de abril, 2020, mientras celebramos el Domingo de la Divina Misericordia, Dios abre las compuertas del cielo para derramar Su perdón amoroso sobre nosotros como pecadores. Es un domingo especial para la Iglesia, llamando a todos a arrepentirse del pecado y reclamar la bendición de la misericordia de Dios. Después de la misa de las 10:00 de la mañana del domingo, tendremos entre 15 y 20 minutos de adoración del Santísimo Sacramento, y luego el Padre David procesará afuera enfrenté de la Iglesia y ofrecerá una bendición Eucarística "de paso". Usaremos el mismo método que usamos el Viernes Santo para venerar la Santa Cruz. Forme un "desfile de autos", pase enfrenté de la Iglesia y luego permaneciendo en sus autos, deténgase para recibir la bendición. Después de recibir la bendición, puede irse. Sugerimos que se ore un acto de contrición antes de recibir la bendición de la Eucaristía.



This weekend April 19 2020, as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, God opens the floodgates of heaven in order to pour forth His loving forgiveness upon us as sinners. It is a special Sunday for the Church, calling all to repent from sin and claim the blessing of God's mercy. After the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, we will have about 15 to 20 minutes of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and then Fr. David will process outside the front of the Church and offer "a drive-through" Eucharistic blessing. We will use the same method as we used on Good Friday to venerate the Holy Cross. Form a "parade of cars", passing by in front of the Church, and then remaining in your cars stop for the blessing. After receiving the blessing you may drive off. We would suggest that an act of contrition be prayed before you receive the blessing from the Eucharist.

April 16, 2020
Adoración
¿No estaba ardiendo nuestro corazón dentro de nosotros cuando nos hablaba en el camino y nos explicaba las Escrituras?

Adoration
Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?

[04/16/20]   En VIVO en Facebook la Adoración del Santísimo Sacramento a las 7 PM

LIVE on Facebook Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 7 PM

Misa del jueves de la Octava de Pascua

[04/16/20]   4/16/2020
Estaremos en VIVO para la Misa de las 6 de la tarde

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