Advent Challenge – Day 10 – Recap and Our Lady of Guadalupe

So we’re ten days into Advent!  This is usually the time when I start petering out on my Advent preparations and lose my motivation.  So, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at how we’re doing.  It seems like there’s a pretty lengthy list of things my family is doing each day, so I’ve added beside each one the amount of time it takes us to do to show you how easy it is to fit it in to even the busiest schedule.

Advent Wreath – 2 minutes

Sacrifice Manger – few moments throughout day

Jesse Tree – 15 minutes

Advent Calendar – 10 seconds

Praying for Others – 30 seconds

Advent Adventure – 10-20 minutes

There’s a number of Feast Days coming up this week, so for the next few days my post has to do with the next day, so that you can prepare for the day and not read this and think, “well, that would have been nice to do, if I had known about it before 9pm!”

Tomorrow is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!  Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531 and asked him to build a church in her honor.  The bishop asked Juan Diego for a sign to confirm the apparition, and Our Lady directed Juan Diego to a nearby hill which he found covered in roses (it was the middle of winter, so that was kind of a big deal!).  He collected the roses in his tilma and brought them to the bishop, when he dropped the roses in front of the bishop, there on his tilma was the image of the lady who had appeared to him!

olguadalupeThe church was built, and the image on the tilma is still intact and in place at the church today.  Millions of people go to Guadalupe, and there is a huge pilgrimage that happens every year on her feast day to the church, and a lot of celebrating.

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is also very symbolic.  She appears as the woman of Revelations, clothed with the sun.  The black sash around her waist indicates that she is with child, which is why she is considered the patroness of the unborn.  If you are interested in more detail on the rich symbolism of this image, please go here.

There are a lot of great ways to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe.  You could have a procession and a Mexican Feast!  My kids are not big on spicy food, so unfortunately we won’t be doing that, but there are some great recipes over at Catholic Cuisine some of which are very simple.  I will be getting a couple roses for my children to bring to Mass tomorrow and lay at the feet of the statue of Our Lady and we will say a short prayer for all unborn children.  You could also start a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe.


Posted on December 11, 2012, in abortion, Advent, Blessed Virgin Mary, Catholic, faith, family and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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