Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 giving a message of maternal love for the people of Mexico. She had asked that a church be built in her honor there, but the bishop had many questions. Mary then had Juan Diego collect in the middle of winter Castilian roses from the top of the Hill of Tepeyac and to present them to the bishop as a sign. When Juan Diego opened his tilma to show the roses to the bishop, the image of Our Lady was imprinted on the tilma. This miraculous image resulted in the conversion of 10 million Aztecs in just 10 years. Now every year on December 12th, Most Holy Redeemer has an all day fiesta celebrating the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The celebration begins at 5am in the morning with danzas from the Aztecas which represents the conversion of the Aztec people to the Catholic faith as a result of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is also accompanied by mañanitas or morning songs sung to Our Lady to celebrate this great day which brought the people of Mexico to Our Lady and to her son Jesus Christ.