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Virgin Of Guadaloupe. Essay

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The Virgin Mary appeared to a man named Juan Diego and instructed him to go to the Bishop to tell him to build a church at this town. This was a miraculous event that happened on December 9, 1531. One of the things that still survives today is Juan's mantle that was used to carry the flowers for prove to the Bishop that the Virgin Mary had appeared to him. This incredible event is celebrated today on December the 12th. It is estimated that 10 million people visit her Basilica every year, making her Mexico City home the most popular Marian shrine in the world, and the most visited Catholic Church in the world next to the Vatican.After two years of the Aztec capital of Tenochitlan falling to Hernán Cortés and his Conquistadors, the first Roman Catholic missionaries arrived in Mexico to branch out Christianity. And one of the first a men to be converted into Christianity was a 57 years old man named Juan Diego. The story of the Virgin Mary appearance began on December 9, 1531, when Juan was walking early on a Saturday morning to attend mass. He was greeted by the Virgin Mary "radiant as the sun" at Tepeyac Hill, which was 3 miles from the Mexico City Cathedral. He heard a Heavenly music and then her voice in his own language (Nahuatl) spoke to him. She addressed him as "my son" and said, "I am the Mother of all of you who dwell in this land." She told him to go tell the Bishop that they were to build a church on this land. So that she is near them to protect them and love them.He went to the Bishop (Zumarraga) to address his vision. He was a poor and a humble man so it wasn't easy for him to get to see the Highness. But he persisted and finally was admitted to the Bishop. The Bishop didn't believe his vision at all, and claimed it to be a superstition and dismissed him. But just for humor, he told Juan to bring proof of his vision if he was serious. But poor Juan was afraid and confused so he avoided the hill of the Virgin Mary for several days. Until his uncle fell seriously ill on December 12 and he had to rush to get a priest to his uncle. So he took the shortcut on Tepeyac Hill again and again the Virgin Mary appeared for the second time. Juan told her about his meeting with the Bishop. So she instructed him to pick roses from the usually barren and desolate hill to deliver them to Bishop as the sign.Juan was amazed to find beautiful Castilian roses among the rocks, where only cactus had grown before. He picked the roses and put it in his mantle, and headed to the Bishop. When Juan let the roses fall at the Bishop's presence, and for a moment the Virgin Mary appeared on Juan's mantle. Her feet were supported by an angle and the light rays surrounded her. The Bishop was surprised and immediately lowered and prayed for forgiveness that he didn't believe Juan in the first place. And then he placed the mantle over the altar in his chapel and asked where the Virgin wanted her church to be built.A small church was built at the site where...

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