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Our Lady of Guadalupe - St. Francis Parish

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Our Lady of Guadalupe
© Cecilia Lawrence
December 10th 2015
18 x 30 inches
44 Hours
Acrylic on Wood


"What ‘neath her heart does Mary bear?
Kyrieleison!
A little child doth Mary bear
Beneath her heart He nestles there.
Jesus and Maria."

~ from Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

If you want, the Virgin will come
walking down the road
pregnant with the Holy, and say,
"I need shelter for the night,
please take me inside your heart,
my time is so close."

Then, under the roof of your soul,
you will witness the sublime intimacy,
the divine, the Christ, taking birth forever,
as she grasps your hand for help,
for each of us is the midwife of God, each of us.
Yes there, under the dome of your being
does creation come into existence eternally,
through your womb, dear pilgrim
- the sacred womb of your soul,
as God grasps our arms for help:
for each of us is his beloved servant, never far.

If you want, the Virgin will come
walking down the street
pregnant with Light and sing.

~ Advent Poem by St. John of the Cross

I am very excited to show you all my latest work of Our Lady of Guadalupe! I was commissioned by St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Ann Arbor, MI to paint an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Earlier this year I had also completed an image of Divine Mercy for them as well: theophilia.deviantart.com/art/… I was very excited to get this commission because I love to paint Our Lady but also because of how much gold leaf I got to use! I just love that stuff. :D It took a very long time to finish, partly because I’m still learning about how to use acrylics (I paint with acrylics the way I paint with watercolors—lots of water!), but I am quite pleased with the result. Enjoy!

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The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is rich in symbolism. She is, first and foremost, the Woman from the Apocalypse: "A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." (Revelations 12:1) The name “Guadalupe” comes from the Nahuatl (Aztec) “coatlaxopeuh” which means, “one who crushes the serpent” (Genesis 3:15). In this particular image, I decided to depict the background as a dawn still strewn with stars. The dawn is symbolic of Advent, the liturgical season of expectation, in which the faithful await the coming birth and true Solstice of the Eternal Sun, Jesus Christ at Christmas. He is the “Sun of Justice with its healing rays” foretold in Malachi 3:20. Mary is always the Dawn that precedes Christ the Eternal Day, and she prepares the way for her Son’s coming into the world. The black petal sash about her waist signifies that she is pregnant with Christ, indeed, that she is soon to give birth to her Divine Son. The star-strewn blue and green mantle symbolize her heavenly royalty and the red dress symbolizes divine love. The gold embroidered floral patterns on her dress are highly symbolic glyphs that represent the salvation of Jesus Christ in His Death and Resurrection. The little gold brooch clasped about her neck has a cross on it, foreshadowing the Redemption of the Cross. Mary’s head is gently inclined to the side with her eyes lowered in humble prayer and petition. She reveals herself to the Aztec people, not as a goddess, but as the humble handmaid of the Lord. Her folded hands show that she is constantly praying and interceding for her children.

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"Know, know for sure, my dearest, littlest, and youngest son, that I am the perfect and ever Virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the God of Truth through Whom everything lives, the Lord of all things near us, the Lord of Heaven and Earth. I want very much to have a little house built here for me, in which I will show Him, I will exalt Him and make Him manifest. I will give Him to the people in all my personal love, in my compassion, in my help, in my protection: because I am truly your merciful Mother, yours and all the people who live united in this land and of all the other people of different ancestries, my lovers, who love me, those who seek me, those who trust in me. Here I will hear their weeping, their complaints and heal all their sorrows, hardships and sufferings.

Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you.

~ Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego in December of 1531

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"This is the image of the Lady.
She truly helps and shows compassion
to all who love her, as if they
were under her shadow and her protection."


:rose: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12th. :rose:
Image size
2661x4410px 11.9 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON
Model
COOLPIX S6500
Shutter Speed
10/8000 second
Aperture
F/4.4
Focal Length
13 mm
ISO Speed
125
Date Taken
Dec 11, 2015, 10:25:42 AM
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I have been trying to learn more Our lady of Guadalupe and her symbols , do you know what the flower/vine on her dress is called ?  
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
This is the best description of the symbolism of the flowers on her red dress that I have read:
"The Virgin's tunic is embroidered with strange flowers. They are not merely decorative elements. The Aztecs, who spoke the Nahuatl language, used "glyphs," or hieroglyphics, to tell a story. Janet Barber states that Nahuatl is a symbolic language that has meaning far beyond words. To the indigenous people the image was not only an extraordinary icon, but a "text, a document, dense with the symbolic language of the Mesoamerican peoples." When the Indians wanted to speak about divine revelation, they would refer to it in terms of "Flor y Canto," Flower and Song, the complementary union of two words called disfrasismos. One of the flowers on Mary's tunic is over her womb. It is the four-petaled Mexican Jasmine, the Flute-player Flower, Flor y Canto, which speaks of divine revelation through the Incarnation. Even though the Fifth Sun had died, the Sixth Sun was to be born, Jesus Christ, the "Sun of Justice with its healing rays" foretold in Malachi 3:20.The nine large Heart Flowers all over the tunic speak of Crucifixion. The Heart Flowers speak of resurrection as the blood-red seeds burst into new life, and are a metaphor for the beating heart torn from the sacrificial victim. The message of the Heart Flowers was that human sacrifices were unnecessary. The first letter of John says: 'God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 Jn 4:9-10)."

Hope that helps!
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DoveAngel8Hobbyist General Artist
I live in Texas... I see thousands of these every week. *Sigh* if half of them were this lovely I wouldn't mind it so much.
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Awww.... :glomp:
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:glomp:
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aericmonHobbyist Traditional Artist
mamma mia! this is gorgeous!
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!!
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aericmonHobbyist Traditional Artist
Love Hug Heart You're welcome!Love Hug Heart 
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visualbraxtonProfessional General Artist
WOW!Mother pray for us!
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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MaferCanDrawHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. Lovely art.
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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ItheldaHobbyist Traditional Artist
WHAT.
THIS IS AMAZING. I can't stop staring at the colors. THIS IS AMAZING.
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!!! :iconiloveitplz:
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This is absolutely wonderful!!
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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My dear brother is amazed by story of Lady of Guadalupe since he heard story of Juan Diego. 
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Very cool! :D It's such a beautiful story! :nod:
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Desert-CeltHobbyist General Artist
Such beautiful work! 
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks!
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A-Little-Tea-RatHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so gorgeous! I love it!
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TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :dance:
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