Mexican Catholics have long revered the Virgin of Guadalupe as a symbol of God’s compassionate presence among the people. She is also an important symbol of Mexican nationalism. In 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo initiated the movement that led to Mexican independence, he and his followers carried a banner of Guadalupe and shouted, “Death to bad government, long live the Virgin of Guadalupe!” Guadalupe was proclaimed “Patroness of the Americas”—including the United States—by Pope Pius XII in 1946. She continues to serve as an apt symbol of loving care for all God’s people. Perhaps you can attend a celebration of her feast day today, or find your own personal way to commemorate the feast.
Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Luke 1:26-38 or Luke 1:39-47 (690A).
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”