The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

La Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

The Basilica of Guadalupe is one of the most visited Catholic Shrines in the world and it is the National Shrine of Mexico.  Located in the north of Mexico City it is considered the second Catholic Shrine in importance after Vatican City.

The Old Basilica,   known as the “Templo Expiatorio a Cristo Rey,” was constructed between 1531 and  1709. On May 1st 1709 the Basilica was consecrated.  Juan Diego’s tilma, cloak, was housed in this Temple from 1709 to 1974.

In 1904 the temple was granted the category of basilica which in Latin means Royal Hall.

The Old Basilica, as many other structures in Mexico City, was sinking and in order to preserve this architectural jewel it was decided that a new Basilica was to be constructed. The old temple was closed to the public from 1976 to May 2000.

The modern basilica, named Basilica of Saint Mary of Guadalupe,  was built between 1974 and 1976 by the architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez.  It is a circular building constructed in such way  to allow the cloak to be viewed by those inside.   It has a 100 meter diameter.  To guarantee that this Basilica would not sink, the  structure is supported by a major pylon.

Oración a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

English

Su Santidad Juan Pablo

Oh Virgen Inmaculada, Madre del verdadero Dios y Madre de la Iglesia! Tú, que desde este lugar manifiestas tu clemencia y tu compasión a todos los que solicitan tu amparo; escucha la oración que con filial confianza te dirigimos y preséntala ante tu Hijo Jesús, único Redentor nuestro.

Madre de misericordia, Maestra del sacrificio escondido y silencioso, a ti, que sales al encuentro de nosotros, los pecadores, te consagramos en este día todo nuestro ser y todo nuestro amor. Te consagramos también nuestra vida, nuestros trabajos, nuestras alegrías, nuestras enfermedades y nuestros dolores.

Da la paz, la justicia y la prosperidad a nuestros pueblos; ya que todo lo que tenemos y somos lo ponemos bajo tu cuidado, Señora y Madre nuestra.

Queremos ser totalmente tuyos y recorrer contigo el camino de una plena felicidad a Jesucristo en su Iglesia: no nos sueltes de tu mano amorosa.

Virgen de Guadalupe, Madre de las Américas, te pedimos por todos los Obispos, para que conduzcan a los fieles por senderos de intensa vida cristiana, de amor y de humilde servicio a Dios y a las almas.

Contempla esta inmensa mies, e intercede para que el Señor infunda hambre de santidad en todo el Pueblo de Dios, y otorgue abundantes vocaciones de sacerdotes y religiosos, fuertes en la fe, y celosos dispensadores de los misterios de Dios.

Concede a nuestros hogares la gracia de amar y de respetar la vida que comienza, con el mismo amor con el que concebiste en tu seno la vida del Hijo de Dios. Virgen Santa María, Madre del Amor Hermoso, protege a nuestras familias, para que estén siempre muy unidas, y bendice la educación de nuestros hijos.

Esperanza nuestra, míranos con compasión, enseñanos a ir continuamente a Jesús y, si caemos, ayúdanos a levantarnos, a volver a El, mediante la confesión de nuestras culpas y pecados en el Sacramento de la Penitencia, que trae sosiego al alma.

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Spanish

His Holiness John Paul II

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of the true God and Mother of the Church!, who from this place reveal your clemency and your pity to all those who ask for your protection, hear the prayer that we address to you with filial trust, and present it to your Son Jesus, our sole Redeemer.

Mother of Mercy, Teacher of hidden and silent sacrifice, to you, who come to meet us sinners, we dedicate on this day all our being and all our love. We also dedicate to you our life, our work, our joys, our infirmities and our sorrows.

Grant peace, justice and prosperity to our peoples; for we entrust to your care all that we have and all that we are, our Lady and Mother.

We wish to be entirely yours and to walk with you along the way of complete faithfulness to Jesus Christ in His Church; hold us always with your loving hand.

Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, we pray to you for all the Bishops, that they may lead the faithful along paths of intense Christian life, of love and humble service of God and souls.

Contemplate this immense harvest, and intercede with the Lord that He may instill a hunger for holiness in the whole people of God, and grant abundant vocations of priests and religious, strong in the faith and zealous dispensers of God’s mysteries.

Grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, protect our families, so that they may always be united, and bless the upbringing of our children.

Our hope, look upon us with compassion, teach us to go continually to Jesus and, if we fall, help us to rise again, to return to Him, by means of the confession of our faults and sins in the Sacrament of Penance, which gives peace to the soul.

La Guadalupana Letra y Música Lyrics & Music José Alfredo Jiménez

 


Desde el cielo una hermosa mañana (2)
La Guadalupana (2)
La Guadalupana bajó al Tepeyac.
La Guadalupana (2)
La Guadalupana bajó al Tepeyac.

Su llegada llenó de alegría (2)
De paz y armonía (2)
De paz y armonía y de libertad.
De paz y armonía (2)
De paz y armonía y de libertad.

Desde el cielo una hermosa mañana…

 

Por el monte pasaba Juan Diego (2)
Y acercose luego (2)
Y acercose luego al oir cantar.
Y acercose luego (2)
Y acercose luego al oir cantar.

Desde el cielo una hermosa mañana…

 

Juan Dieguito la Virgen la dijo (2)
Este cerro elijo (2)
Este cerro elijo para hacer mi altar.
Este cerro elijo (2)
Este cerro elijo para hacer mi altar.

 

Desde el cielo una hermosa mañana…

 

Suplicante juntaba las manos (2x)
Era mexicana (2x)
Era mexicana su porte y su faz.
Era mexicana (2x)
Era mexicana su porte y su faz.

 

Desde el cielo una hermosa mañana…

En la tilma entre rosas pintadas (2x)
Su imagen amada (2x)
Su imagen se digno dejar.
Su imagen amada (2x)
Su imagen se digno dejar.

 

Desde el cielo una hermosa mañana…

Desde entonces para el mexicano (2x)
Ser Guadalupano (2x)
Ser Guadalupano es algo esencial.
Ser Guadalupano (2x)
Ser Guadalupano es algo esencial.

Desde el cielo una hermosa mañana…

 

Madrecita de los mexicanos (2x)
Que estás en el cielo (2x)
Que estás en el cielo ruega
a Dios por nos.
Que estás en el cielo (2x)
Que estás en el cielo ruega a Dios por nos.

 

Desde el cielo una hermosa mañana…

From heaven on a beautiful morning
The Guadalupan
The Guadalupan came down to Tepeyac
The Guadalupan
The Guadalupan came down to Tepeyac 

Her arrival brought happiness
Peace and harmony
Peace and harmony and freedom
Peace and harmony
Peace and harmony and freedom

From heaven on a beautiful morning

 

Through the hill walked Juan Diego
Later he drew closer
Later he drew closer when he heard singing
Later he drew closer
Later he drew closer when he heard singing

From heaven on a beautiful morning

 

Little Juan Diego the Virgin said
This hill I choose
This hill I choose for my altar to be built
This hill I choose
This hill I choose for my altar to be buil

 

From heaven on a beautiful morning

 

Pleading She joined her hands
She was Mexican
She was Mexican as was her face and stance
She was Mexican
She was Mexican as was her face and stance

 

From heaven on a beautiful morning

On the cloak surrounded by painted roses
Her adored image
Her image she left us
Her adored image
Her image she left us

 

From heaven on a beautiful morning

From then on for all Mexicans
Being Guadalupan
Being Guadalupan is fundamental
Being Guadalupan
Being Guadalupan is fundamental

From heaven on a beautiful morning

 

Mother of all Mexicans
Thou  who art in Heaven
Thou who art in Heaven pray
to God for us
Thou  who art in Heaven
Thou who art in Heaven pray
to God for us

 

From heaven on a beautiful morning

 

 

 

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Interviews in Spanish with English subtitles. Length: 25 min.
DVD open to all regions. Viewable NTSC, PAL systems.