Skip to comments.Our Lady of Guadalupe - She Who Crushes the Head of the Serpent
Posted on 12/12/2011 6:39:47 AM PST by Alex Murphy
"He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel." Scripture scholars over the years have debated regarding the word he. Should it be translated he or she or even they? But does it matter? In another words, does the he refer to the Messiah who is to come? Does the she refer to Mary? Does the they refer to the descendants of Mary; i.e., Christ and the Church?
...all three lead us to the same conclusion. Since it depends which original text is being used for the translation into our modern languages (the Septuagint or the Hebrew Bible), he, she or they do bring us to the same theological reality of the Messiah, born of the Virgin Mary who has come to free humanity from sin. (http://www.usccb.org/bible/genesis/3#01003015-g).
The Douay-Rheims Bible is an English translation of Jerome's Latin Vulgate Bible. "I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel" (Genesis 3: 15).
A commentary for the Douay-Rheims says "Ipsa, the woman; so divers of the fathers read this place, conformably to the Latin: others read it ipsum, viz., the seed. The sense is the same: for it is by her seed, Jesus Christ, that the woman crushes the serpent's head."
....how is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe connected? Here is something that is really amazing.
What would you think if I told you that Our Lady of Guadalupe is not really Our Lady of Guadalupe, instead she is really Our Lady of coatlaxopeuh which is pronounced "quatlasupe" and sounds extraordinarily like the Spanish word Guadalupe? Coatlaxopeuh means She who crushes the head of the serpent.
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....A commentary for the Douay-Rheims says "Ipsa, the woman; so divers of the fathers read this place, conformably to the Latin: others read it ipsum, viz., the seed. The sense is the same: for it is by her seed, Jesus Christ, that the woman crushes the serpent's head"....
....What would you think if I told you that Our Lady of Guadalupe is not really Our Lady of Guadalupe, instead she is really Our Lady of coatlaxopeuh which is pronounced "quatlasupe" and sounds extraordinarily like the Spanish word Guadalupe? Coatlaxopeuh means She who crushes the head of the serpent.
I went to the link but too many pop ups.
The word “Guadalupe” is a mixed Spanish/Arab word that means “river of the she-wolf”. Interesting, considering that Mary is the Mother of the Church, headquartered in Rome (mythologically founded by human children of a lupa, a she-wolf), on the Tiber River.
CS Lewis wrote that truth is truth, and while it was his conviction that Christianity revealed the "whole" truth, it was his contention that truth is so all-pervasive that even those religions and traditions outside the realm of Christianity would almost have invariably grasped and incorporated portions of it.
He used the analogy of an archaelogical dig. Some faiths may uncover fragments and remnants that, although they can only be truly understood in the context of their role in a comprehesive overview of the whole site, are nonetheless, in and of themselves, a genuine, partially revealed, component of the greater whole.
My Knights of Columbus Council has the honor of displaying the Icon this weekend at The Immaculate Conception Church in Malden, MA starting at the 4:00 Mass.
That’s a beautiful article! It touched me. Thank you for sharing it with us!
Ignore the slideshow at the top of the page and scroll down just a bit to read the article. It’s worth the small effort!
This was a mistranslation of the text, it was never she, but he, and has led to the veneration of Mary in the catholic church, she did not crush said but He, Jesus, the Creator of all did.
No mistranslation of the text. Catholics read it as “He,” referring to Christ also.
However, “He” had no human father; the line through which “He” descends from Eve flows solely through God and Mary, and not at all through Joseph. So while Christ is adored, Mary is not. She is “merely” venerated (in Latin, “dulia”) as the most holy of the Saints, and the mother of He who is to be adored (”latria”). In fact, the veneration of Mary is so special among the saints, that it is referred to as “hyperdulia,” meaning, “highest dulia,” or “above [mere] dulia.”
A lot of Catholics will deny that they pray “to” Mary. By denying this, they are denying that what they do is what modern, American Protestants mean by “pray”: They do not adore or worship her. They ask her intercession with Christ; in other words, that she join them in praying to Christ. The power is Christ’s, and Christ’s alone. The most common prayer “to” Mary ends like this: “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”
“Pray,” however, has a meaning which has become largely archaic in American English, meaning simply to “ask,” with no connotations of worship. In England, this usage was once so common as to be contracted: “I pray to thee,” has become, “Prithee.” But this use hasn’t completely disappeared in American English. A request to a court for a ruling is still called a “prayer” in many states. And so you will commonly read of prayers “to” the Blessed Virgin Mary... such as “pray for us,” “intercede for us,” and maybe even “obtain for us (from Christ) the graces.”
Our Lady of Guadalupe
[In the diocese of the United States]
Patroness of the Americas and Protector of the Unborn
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars
Revelation 12:1 (Entrance Antiphon for Our Lady of Guadalupe)
Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Blessed Virgin Mary, by her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe, is the Patroness of Mexico and the Americas. On December 9, 1531, Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego, an Indian Christian, whom she sent to the bishop with the request to build a Church in her honor on the hill where she appeared. The bishop asked Juan Diego for a sign to prove that the Virgin had appeared to him. Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego again on December 12 and promised that his uncle would be healed. She directed Juan Diego to gather a bouquet of roses that miraculously appeared on a bush nearby (roses do not bloom at this time of the year) to present to the bishop. Juan Diego gathered the roses in his tilma (cloak). When he opened his tilma before the bishop, the roses felt to the floor, and the bishop was amazed to see the miraculous image of the Mother of God imprinted on the cloak. The image persuaded the bishop to believe what Juan Diego had told him, and the Church was built.
This image, which almost immediately inspired the conversion to Christianity of many thousands of Indians, may still be seen in the Cathedral in Mexico City. Many believe that the fact that the image remains intact on a coarse fabric woven of a cactus-like plant that ordinarily deteriorates within a few years is further indication of the miraculous nature of the image. The symbolic significance of the image include Mary's complexion, which is similar to that of the Indians who were native to the region, her pregnancy, the gold stars adorning her blue mantle that representing the heavens, the purple tassels of her sash signifying royalty.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, intercede for the Church, protect the Holy Father, help all who invoke you in their necessities. Since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy Son the Grace of a firm faith and sure hope amid the bitterness of life, as well as an ardent love and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.
O God, Father of mercies,
who placed your people under the singular protection
of your Son's most holy Mother,
grant that all who invoke the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe,
may seek with ever more lively faith
the progress of peoples in the ways of justice and of peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen
First Reading: Zechariah 2:14-17 (2:10-13 in RSV)
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion; for lo, I come and I will dwell in the midst of you, says the Lord. And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be My people; and I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. And the Lord will inherit Judah as His portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem."
Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord; for He has roused Himself from His holy dwelling.
Or Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab
Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant was seen within His temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery. And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a Child, that he might devour her Child when she brought it forth; she brought forth a male Child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her Child was caught up to God and to His throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.
Responsorial Psalm: Judith 13:18bcde, 19
R. (15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race.
"O daughter, you are blessed by the Most High God above all women on earth; and blessed be the Lord God, who created the heavens and the earth, who has guided you to strike the head of the leader of our enemies.
R. (15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race.
Your hope will never depart from the hearts of men, as they remember the power of God.
R. (15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race.
Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there will be no end." And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the Child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.
Or Luke 1:39-47
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Or any readings from the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ave María (Hail Mary)
Dios te salve, María. Llena eres de gracia: El Señor es contigo.
Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres. Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre: Jesús.
Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores,
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.
of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
For the dinner on this Feast day it would be appropriate to have a Mexican menu. This can be very simple -- for example, "build-your-own" tacos, which most children enjoy. Start with purchased taco shells, and provide a bowl of meat filling (hamburger seasoned with onions and chili powder -- from mild to very spicy as your family likes it), a bowl of shredded cheese, another of shredded lettuce. Or have chili soup with taco chips or corn chips.
If possible, decorate the table with a small potted poinsettia (a flower native to Mexico), along with the Advent wreath.
For night prayers pray the prayer (above) for Our Lady of Guadalupe, and say the Ave Maria -- in Spanish or English.
Include the "Hail Mary" prayer with the children's bedtime prayers tonight.
To Our Lady Dark Yet Fair
O hail, thou Virgen de Guadalupe! Unfailing refuge, our solace in days of grief, Radiant Queen so kind, our Mother of sweet relief ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
Lovely Maid, fairest star above the sea! Advocate e'er gracious of clemency and love, Deign to listen to our pleas, O mother above ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
Yea, O Lady of Guadalupe; O meek and gentlest One, take heed to our groaning; For oft we stumble and raise to thee our moaning ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
Golden gate of heav'n, thou radiant portal; Unstained by sin, blissful queen of heav'n and earth, Aid me that I may love Him whom you did give birth ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
Daughter of God, thou queen of royalty, Ave Maria! With joyful hearts we hail thee! Look on us so kindly, O Blessed Virgin Mary! ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
Unfailing refuge and sweetest Mother; Pearl of grace so fair, fail not thine children to care, E'er our sweetest Advocate who did God once bear ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
-- Jeong-Bo Shim
Jeong-Bo is a thirteen year old boy who lives with his family in Corvallis, Oregon. He is home-schooled and enjoys writing poetry. Last year, he was the state winner of the Junior Catholic Daughters of America poetry contest. He also plays the violin and has been invited to play a solo meditation at the Trappist Abbey of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Last year he won second place in the MTNA national competition. He enjoys playing soccer, basketball, tennis, and swimming as well as gardening. He received help on the first verse from Katheryn Atkinson of Tehachipi, California.
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The fascinating thing is that there is no record of St. Peter, St. Paul, St. John, St. James or any of the original Apostles praying like this...or those Christians in the earliest centuries of the Church. Nor is there any instruction at all...amidst all the detailed instructions by Paul, Peter, John et al., in their letters to the first Christians...that they should seek intercession of saints who have died at all....NOT ONE IOTA.
Clearly—according to the direct historic record of the Apostles, the New Testament, that was not a part of Aspotolic prayer and practice.
St. Mary herself—as virtuous and blessed woman she surely is—is never even mentioned in the Bible after the 2nd Chapter of Acts.
If praying to saints is such an essential, important part of the Christian life, I wonder why Paul, Peter, John, James etc. forgot to mention it?
Perhaps they forgot to mention it for the same reason they forgot to mention sola scriptura.
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