Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December Festivities | Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Did you notice it is 12/12/12? Beside the point. But then again, how could’ve Juan Diego found flowers in bloom atop a typically barren hilltop, and what’s more, flowers not native to his homeland? Such is the partial story of the Virgin Mary appearing on the Hill of Tepeyac, Mexico. Mary in her Mexican guise went through a title change in 1990s form Patroness of the Philippines to Patroness of the Americas, Empress of Latin America, and Protectress of Unborn Children. Ah, the Popes and their crazy antics! The title of the Queen of Mexico seems to have stayed with her through it all. And rightly so. She is quite something: wearing blue-green mantel with stars over an exquisite golden dress tied high with a belt, she hovers above on a crescent moon supported by a cherub with sunrays emanating all around her. Let’s not forget that she was also identified as the Woman of the Apocalypse, by one Miguel Sánchez, a Novohispanic priest, writer and theologian. She covers a lot of ground being divinely dressed in Aztec symbolism, pregnant under that high sash and a figure in the Book of Revelations, the final book of the New Testament. She is Mexico. Hail The Queen!

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