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Why is Our Lady of Guadalupe 
so important in these Times?

WHY WE ARE ASKED TO RECEIVE OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE AS OUR PATRONESS…OF OUR COUNTRY, OF OUR FAMILY, OF OUR HOMES, OF OUR FAITH…AS THE CHURCH HAS PROCLAIMED HER…THE STAR OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION: 

 

Pope Benedict XIV decreed that Our Lady of Guadalupe should be the national patron (in Mexico), and made December twelfth a Holyday of Obligation with an Octave. He also ordered the composition of a special Mass and Office (1754).

In 1908, His Holiness, Pope Saint Pius X granted indulgences which may be gained in any part of the world for prayer said before a copy of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. His prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe, where he entrusts Our Lady of Guadalupe with the protection of the Sovereign Pontiff and asks her intercession for the holy Church and the keeping of our faith, is enriched with an indulgence of 500 days in 1908.  In 1910, His Holiness, Pope Saint Pius X, declared the Virgin of Guadalupe Patroness of Latin America.

In 1945 His Holiness, Pope Pius XII declared that the Virgin of Guadalupe was the Queen of Mexico and Empress of the Americas and that She had  been painted “by brushes that were not of this world”. He also declared Her to be the Patroness of the Americas in 1946.
In 1961 Pope St. John XXIII also declared her as Mother of the Americas and addressed Her as Mother and Teacher of the Faith to the peoples of the Americas.

His Holiness, Pope St. John Paul II has prophesized that “the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe would be the center from which the light of Christ’s evangelization would lighten the world through the Miraculous Image of His Mother”. And declared that “December 12th, all the American Continent, celebrate together, a Liturgical Holy Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother and light of the new evangelization of America. In 1979 Pope John Paul II called Her the “Star of Evangelization”.

 

In 1999 on the 5th pastoral visit of His Holiness, John Paul II to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Church proclaimed Her as Patroness of the Americas, Empress of Latin America, and the Protectress of Unborn Children.

 

As such She is the Patroness of our homes, our families, our marriages, our children, our faith. That is why now, in a time of destruction of family and faith that we must look to The Mother of God, The Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe as that hope for a renewal of faith in our homes.

 

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