The Virgin of Guadalupe and the mysteries of her appearances

The Guadalupe’s Virgin It is celebrated every December 12 in Mexico and in some Latin American countries, since the “Morenita” has thousands of faithful who trust in her blessing and protection. But, as in many religions, the apparitions that the Virgin made many years ago still keep several mysteries.

On Saturday, December 9, 1531, a native of a Mexica area, belonging to the Chichimecas tribe called Cuauhtlatoatzin (which means “speaking eagle” and that after being baptized adopted the name of Juan Diego), he was walking to Tlatelolco and on the slopes of Tepeyac hill (who should go around to get there) took place the first apparition of the Virgin Mary.

She presented herself as “the perfect ever virgin Holy Mary, mother of the true God.” As we have told you in AmericanPost.NewsJuan Diego was the one who saw the Virgin of Guadalupe for the first time; and the Apparition was repeated four times from December 9 to 12, 1531.

Why did the Virgin of Guadalupe appear?

The virgin became an important part in the history of Mexico / Photo: Gaceta Many consider that in reality, Juan Diego did not exist, and was only a character added to the story / Photo: Potosinoticias

The reason why the dark-haired virgin appeared to Juan Diego was to instruct him to tell the then Bishop of Mexico fray Juan de Zumárraga, that in that place I wanted a larger temple to be built than the hermitage that was there.

Juan Diego went to see the Bishop, but the Bishop did not believe him until he brought accurate proof that the event occurred. The man from the area presented the Bishop’s request to the apparition, and the same indicated that cut some roses that had mysteriously just bloomed at the top of the hill in the middle of winter to take them to Bishop Zumárraga in his tilma (clothing similar to a poncho).

She herself arranged the flowers so that they all fit into her ayate. This is how Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin arrived before the bishop. LAfter extending the tilma, the roses fell to the floor and it was stamped on it an iconic image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, as we know her until now.

The prelate ordered the construction of a hermitage larger than the one that already existed, where Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin would live for the rest of his days, guarding the tilma in what is now known as “Chapel of the indigenous”. The story goes that Juan Diego died in Mexico City in 1548 at the age of 74 and was Canonized in 2002 by John Paul II.

Did Juan Diego really exist?

Many consider that in reality, Juan Diego did not exist, and was only a character added to the story / Photo: Potosinoticias

“Juan Diego is a symbol, not a reality”, was the phrase that in 1996 detonated one of the biggest scandals within the Catholic Church, not only because it said so William Schulenburg, then abbot of the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, but because questioned the account of the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

And it is that according to the experts in history and religion Juan Diego was probably an indigenous person who existed at that time, but there is no record that the virgin has really appeared to him, which until now remains a great mystery to many researchers.

Despite this, Guadalupan faithful continue to believe in the accounts of the apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe, so great celebrations are expected for the “Morenita del Tepeyac” during this weekend.

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