Samedi 12 décembre 2009 à 12h00
Comme tous les ans, le 12 décembre, en la Fête de Notre-Dame de Guadalupe, une messe est célébrée pour faire mémoire de l’apparition de la Vierge à Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, en 1531 au Mexique.
Cette célébration rassemble de nombreux membres de la communauté latino-américaine d’Île-de-France. Elle fut présidée par Monseigneur Patrick JACQUIN, recteur-archiprêtre de la cathédrale et le Père Alejandro CANCINO prononça l’homélie.
Des musiciens mexicains interviennent à quelques moments de la célébration ; à l’issue de la cérémonie, ils jouent au milieu des fidèles rassemblés devant le chapelle de Notre-Dame de Guadalupe et donnent une « aubade » à l’extérieur, sur le parvis, pendant une vingtaine de minutes à l’issue de la célébration.
In the north side of Notre-Dame de Paris, a chapel always flowered is dedicated to Notre-Dame de Guadalupe, Mexicans of Paris having requested that a chapel of the Cathedral be assigned to celebrations for their country. On the wall, a mosaic depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe is particularly revered, evidenced by the hundreds of flames of devotions that burn there day and night.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, whom John Paul II canonized on 31 July 2002 in the sanctuary of our Lady of Guadalupe, is an Indios born in 1474, whose name means Eagle speaking.
He was of humble origins but not slave. He owned a lot of land he lived in, and he made blankets that he sold.
Following the preaching made to the Indios by brother Toribio de Benavente, between 1534 and 1525, Cuauhtlatoatzin converted to Christianity with his wife. They received the names of Juan Diego and María Lucia, and when she died in 1529, Juan Diego moved from Tolpetlac to Tenochtilán, with his uncle Juan Bernardino, 14 km from the Church of Tlatilolco.
On December 9, 1531, during a March, while crossing Woods and villages to regain his house in Tenochtilán, the Virgin appeared to her for the first time, in a place since called Capilla del Cerrito, speaking to him in his language, Náhuatl. Mary asked him to build a sanctuary in his honour, so that she can offer love, help and compassion to the people of the place. On the order of the Virgin, Juan Diego warns his Bishop who asked for proof to believe him.
Three days later, the Virgin appeared again to Juan Diego to tell him to climb to the top of the Tepeyac, where he had to find Roses of Castile to bear to the Bishop, while they did not bloom in this season. When he handed these flowers to the prelate, a picture of Mary miraculously appeared on the mantle in which he had collected the roses. It is this image that has been vener for almost 500 years in the sanctuary of Guadalupe.
Juan Diego died in 1548, at 74 years old, becoming one of the subjects of Latin American popular devotion. In 1737, Notre-Dame de Guadalupe was proclaimed patron of Mexico, and in 1910 of the Americas, and in 1935 Finally, of the Philippines. John Paul II raised blessed Juan Diego to the glory of the altars in 1990.
The present sanctuary of our Lady of Guadalupe (which defeated the Snake) is located 15 km from the Centre of Mexico City, opposite the old one, used until the middle of the twentieth century. When this building became a danger to the faithful, the Mexican Episcopal Conference decided to construct a new Basilica, the first stone of which was laid on December 12, 1974. The work was inaugurated two years later.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is now the largest and most visited Marian Sanctuary in the world (20 million pilgrims in the year). Outwardly it resembles a circular tent in the wilderness, in memory of the Tabernacle erected by Moses at the foot of Sinai. It is covered with copper, the green of which recalls the mantle of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The central pillar, which is covered with gilded cedar, preserves the mantle of Juan Diego and the image of Mary.
Prayer of Pope John Paul II to our Lady of Guadalupe
On his first Apostolic voyage, Pope John Paul II went to Mexico in January 1979, and pronounced this prayer in Mexico.
O Virgin Immaculate, mother of God and mother of the Church, who, from this place, reigned Thy mercy and compassion upon all those who ask for your protection, listen to the prayer that we are addressing you with a trust and present to your son Jesus, our only Redeemer.
Mother of mercy, who teach us the hidden and silent sacrifice, to you who come to meet the sinners that we are, we dedicate in this day all our being and all our love. We also dedicate our lives, our work, our joys, our weaknesses and our pains. Grant peace, justice and prosperity to our peoples; for we entrust to your care, all that we have and all that we are, O our Lady and our mother. We want to be entirely with you and walk with thee along the path of complete fidelity to Jesus Christ in his Church: may your loving hand always hold us.
Virgin of Guadalupe, mother of the Americas, we pray for all bishops, that they lead the faithful in the path of an intense Christian life, a life of love, and humble service of God and souls. Look at the immense harvest and intercede with the Lord so that he inspires all the people of God with a thirst for Holiness and gives abundant vocations of priests and religious, strong in faith and who are zealous Apostles of the mysteries of God.
Grant our families the grace to love and respect life in its infancy, with the same love that you conceived in your womb for the life of the son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, protect our families, so that they are always United and bless the education of our children.
Our hope, cast upon us a glance of compassion, teach us to go incessantly to Jesus and, if we fall, help us to rise again, to return to him by the confession of our faults and our sins in the sacrament of reconciliation which gives the p AIX to the soul.
We implore you bestows us a great love for all the Holy sacraments that are like the signs that thy son has left on Earth.
Thus, most holy mother, with the peace of God in our conscience, our hearts, free from evil and hatred. May give us all the true joy and true peace that come from your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who, with God the father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns in the centuries.