Dec 12, 2005

Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!

Prayer of Pope John Paul II to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, we pray to you for all the Bishops, that they may lead the faithful along paths of intense Christian life, of love and humble service of God and souls. Contemplate this immense harvest, and intercede with the Lord that He may instill a hunger for holiness in the whole people of God, and grant abundant vocations of priests and religious, strong in the faith and zealous dispensers of God’s mysteries.
January 1979, Mexico City

The origin of the name Guadalupe has always been a matter of controversy. It is nevertheless believed that the name came about because of the translation from Nahuatl to Spanish of the words used by the Virgin during the apparition to Juan Bernardino, the ailing uncle of Juan Diego.

It is believed that Our Lady used the Aztec Nahuatl word of coatlaxopeuh which is pronounced "quatlasupe" and sounds remarkably like the Spanish word Guadalupe. Coa meaning serpent, tla being the noun ending which can be interpreted as "the", while xopeuh means to crush or stamp out. So Our Lady must have called herself the one "who crushes the serpent."


"I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel." Genesis 3:15 (Douay-Rheims)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Coatlaxopeuh' is pronounced 'co-ah-lla (like a Welsh ll)-sho-pe-ya.
Besides which, Guadalupe is a place in Spain; its name means 'Wolf Wash' (as in 'wadi?'). The Blessed Virgin appeared there in the 15th century, and became one of the most popular 'minor' Madonnas in Spain.
The Bishop of Tepeyac was a devotee of the Guadalupe virgin. She appeared again in the New World, only now with some added Aztec symbolism, such as the flowers that represent the Five Directions of the Cosmos. That's why she's known as the Pilgrim Virgin (well, part of the reason).
Source: A Handbook on Guadalupe, Sean Patrick O'Malley OFM, Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

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