Saturday, June 19, 2010
Our Lady of Guadalupe at ROL
The Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe represents the Virgin Mary standing on a crescent, her long flowing garments held up by the arms of an angel; her eyes are looking down with an expression of compassion and humility, apparently at someone on a lower level. She is standing in a glowing halo as though before the sun. There are stars on her mantle and a moon at her feet. This subservient positioning has been interpreted as showing the Aztecs that the sun, the moon, and the stars are not gods to be worshipped. Her dress is that of a Middle Eastern maiden at the time of Christ as can be seen even today in the women inhabiting that region.