On December 8, 1531, the Aztec convert Juan Diego, passing the hill of Tepeyac near the former Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán, in the Valley of Mexico, saw a beautiful dark-skinned woman, bathed in light, who spoke to him in his native language and identified herself as Mary, Mother of the Lord. Three days later, when she appeared to him again, she told him to pick some roses (in the middle of winter) to take to the Spanish bishop in Mexico City. When he unfolded his cloak to show the roses to the bishop, Juan Diego found imprinted on the cloak the image of the woman. Our Lady of Guadalupe is honored today not only by her ancient title “Madre de los Mexicanos” but also with her title as Patroness of the Americas.

The readings for the feast are taken from the Common of the Blessed Virgin, Lectionary #707-712, or from those suggested at 690A.

Music for the feast might include praise of God as Lord of all the nations as well as some traditional songs in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. English-speaking communities might consider these songs for the liturgy, including some bilingual or traditional Spanish songs of the feast:

Adiós, Oh Virgen de Guadalupe FYC 466
Adiós, Reina del Cielo CPD 197/FYC 471
All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus CH 321/GC 787/ RS 897
Del Cielo Ha Bajado/Immaculate Mary BB 196/ CBW 463/ GC 790/GC2 783/G3 886/GP 112/GP3 370/PMB 172/ /LMGM 99/JS 535/JS3 512/OIF 909/RS 890/FYC 472/WC 1005/WS 816/WOR 708/ WOR4 893
For the Healing of the Nations CBW 503/GC 719/GC2 712/G3 803/JS 866/JS3 844/OIF 877/RS 823/WC 960/WOR 643/WOR4 798
Help Us Accept Each Other RS 838/WOR 656/WOR4 818
In Christ There Is No East or West CBW 529/CH 650/GC 738/GC2 726/G3 832/GP 565/JS 850/JS3 831/LMGM 301/OIF 683/RS 836/WC 807/WS 647/WOR 659/WOR4 824
Las Apariciones Guadalupanas CPD 204/FYC 453
Las Mañanitas CPD 183/FYC 718
Mañanitas a la Virgen de Guadalupe CPD 203/FYC 465
María, Madre del Señor FYC 201
O Chosen One GP 435
Salve Regina CBW 469/CH 331/GC 779/GC2 780/G3 880/ GP 425/JS 499/JS3 485/LMGM 96/LMGM2 723/OIF 922/RS 894/SPS 199/WC 1008/WS 812/WOR 703/WOR4 882
Savior of the Nations, Come CH 184/GC 334/ GC2 348/G3 421/JS 321/ OIF 343/RS 480/WC 503/WOR 372/WOR4 388
The Cry of the Poor (Psalm 34) G 46/GC 34/GC2 33/G3 47/GP 203/GP3 526/JS 847/JS3 829/RS 69/SPS 340/WOR4 46
There Is a Well/Un Pozo Hay GP 452
They Who Do Justice GC 22/GC2 17/G3 28
This Is My Song JS 863/OIF 946/RS 964/WC 1036
Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe FYC 214