Thursday, 14 November 2013 08:59
The Mission Historical Museum is seeking submissions for their “Castilian Roses in December” exhibit, a community-curated presentation to commemorate the legend of the Virgen de Guadalupe. The exhibit will run from Dec. 3 to 28, with an opening reception on Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
On December 9, 1531, a dark-skinned female figure, the “Lady,” appeared to Juan Diego at a place where his people worshipped an Aztec mother goddess. She told Juan to go to his bishop to request that a church be built. The bishop demanded a sign.
Three days later, the Lady appeared again, instructing Juan to offer the bishop a bouquet of Castilian Roses that were miraculously blooming from the barren hilltop in December. Juan wrapped the blooms in his apron. Upon opening the tilma for the bishop, the roses dropped to the ground and a perfect image of the Lady appeared on the garment.