Though immigrants have brought her to the United States, the devotion extends far beyond any single ethnic group.
More than one predominantly Anglo parish in this country carries the name of the Dark Virgin, and her feast, 12 December, is observed in all dioceses in the United States.
The heavenly flowers were the sign that the bishop had requested of the Lady as proof that she was the Mother of God, and that she was truly the one who wanted him to build a sanctuary there at Tepeyac Hill.
The image is a painting that scientists are unable to explain its phenomena: the unknown pigments of the colors, the twenty-year life span of the tilma whose fabric was made from the maguey plant, the appearance of life in the Ladys eyes, the symbols in the image, the reflection of persons in her eyes, how the painting seems to hang or float over the tilma.
As for the tilma, it measures four feet wide by some seven feet long.
Writing in 1576 about the cult of Tonantzin Guadalupe, Fray Bernardino de Sahagn recorded: Cerca de los montes hay tres o cuatro lugares donde se solan hacer muy solemnes sacrificios, y que venan a ellos desde muy lexas tierras.Click for more on the subject: Somos Primos Staff Mimi Lozano, Editor Mercy Bautista Olvera Roberto Calderon, Ph, D. Bernadette's Body after 122 Years Cross restored, sacrifice remembered Persecuting Jesus by Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison As you open your pocketbooks this Christmas season, facts to keep in mind Throughout the Southwest visitors will find churches named Our Lady of Guadalupe.