In Advent, we celebrate two Marian feasts – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. What are these feasts and how do they relate to this season of Advent? Find out more below and look for reflections from Fr. Matt on the homepage on these important feast days!
The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady
Our Lady of Guadalupe
In 1531, the trajectory of Mexican history would be altered forever when Mary, the Mother of God, appeared between December 9 and December 12 to a peasant named Juan Diego, now a canonized saint – St. Juan Diego. She miraculously made her image present on a traditional garment called a tilma, made of cactus fibers. This garment, at best, should have fallen apart before the turn of the 17th century. It remains intact today in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Millions of pilgrims travel annually to witness this mystery, this miracle, which defies science. There, they find themselves beneath the gaze of a loving Mother. Learn more HERE about the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and learn more HERE about the science (or lack thereof!) behind the tilma and it’s preservation. It has not been altered in any way, and yet, the image of Our Lady remains.