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Theotokos of the Sign II

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Theotokos of the Sign of Guadalupe II
December 14th 2013
Watercolor and Ink
8 x 10 inches
About 10 Hours


Loving Mother of the Redeemer,
gate of heaven, star of the sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
yet remained a Virgin after as before.
You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting,
have pity on us poor sinners.

- Alma Redemptoris Mater

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Yes, this is theophilia.deviantart.com/art/… number two. ;-) I like Mary’s face in this one better, but other than that, they are very similar, so I don’t know if it’s much of an improvement over the other one. I was commissioned to make another version of this subject, and so here it is. The symbolism is all the same as in the other one. This image depicts Mary as the Theotokos of the Sign (of Guadalupe), wherein Christ is shown symbolically in a medallion or aureole on her breast. This style is also called Platytéra from the phrase, Platytéra ton ouranon, which means “more spacious than the Heavens” in Greek. Poetically, this refers to the fact that Mary's womb contained the Uncontainable God Whom the whole Universe could not contain. In this type of icon, Mary’s arms are upraised in prayer and joy. This posture is known as the Panagia Orans (since Mary is praying in the orans position).

As for the symbolism of Our Lady of Guadalupe, she is 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)

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“Tomorrow is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas. I would like to greet all my brothers and sisters on that continent, and I do so thinking of the Virgin of Tepeyac. When Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego, her face was that of a woman of mixed blood, a mestiza, and her garments bore many symbols of the native culture. Like Jesus, Mary is close to all her sons and daughters; as a concerned mother, she accompanies them on their way through life. She shares all the joys and hopes, the sorrows and troubles of God’s People, which is made up of men and women of every race and nation.”

“When the image of the Virgin appeared on the tilma of Juan Diego, it was the prophecy of an embrace: Mary’s embrace of all the peoples of the vast expanses of America – the peoples who already lived there, and those who were yet to come. Mary’s embrace showed what America – North and South – is called to be: a land where different peoples come together; a land prepared to accept human life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age; a land which welcomes immigrants, and the poor and the marginalized, in every age. A land of generosity. That is the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and it is also my message, the message of the Church. I ask all the people of the Americas to open wide their arms, like the Virgin, with love and tenderness.”


- Pope Francis, Wednesday, December 11th 2013

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Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose,
make intercession for the Holy Church,
protect the Sovereign Pontiff,
help all those who invoke you in their necessities,
and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary,
and Mother of the True God,
obtain for us from thy most holy Son
the grace of keeping our faith,
of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life,
of burning charity,
and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.


Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of Mexico and Empress of the Americas, Compassionate Mother of Our Redeemer, Patroness of the Unborn, Woman clothed with the Sun, Virgin standing upon the moon, Mother crushing the Serpent’s head, Lady crowned with the twelve stars of Israel, pray for us!

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:rose: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12th. :rose:
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MJ-maps-99's avatar
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 ?  
Theophilia's avatar
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!
MJ-maps-99's avatar
It does thank so much God bless
Theophilia's avatar
You're very welcome!
bluehorse-rmd's avatar
Great illustration of the biblical description, beautiful!
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aericmon's avatar
Hey theophile, have you ever thought this- ariana grande from 2010-2011 looks quite a lot like like the virgin mary you depict. I think it's because both have large eyes, oval faces, beautiful, feminine figures, and both are gentle and soft-spoken(or one of them WAS). I know, this sounds random, but I just had to share it with you. Thanks!
Theophilia's avatar
I've actually never heard of her before, but I think I can see what you mean. I think Olivia Hussey is the closest I've found to an ideal Mary. :D
aericmon's avatar
Well, if I were to make a movie about Jesus Christ or Mary, I would've chosen Ariana, but now she's lost weight and tanned badly, so that's outta the questionWaaaah!. I really miss the 2010 Ariana. You should see some photos of her from 2010; you'll understand why I like her so much.:D (Big Grin) 
AzabacheSilver's avatar
As for the symbolism of Our Lady of Guadalupe, she is 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)

Guadalupe comes from a region in Spain called that name.  According to legend, Luke The Evangelist carved a figure of the Virgin Mary and hid in Spain.  Then when the Moors invaded, it was buried so that would not be destroyed by The Muslims.  Later a vaquero in the 14th century saw an apparition of the Virgin Marythat told him to have the local priests dig that area.  The statue was discovered just in time to have a chapel built to it as the Muslims were expelled from Spain.  Hernan Cortez was from that region.
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What I think is cool is that the Spanish Our Lady of Guadalupe and the American Our Lady of Guadalupe have similar clothing (blue, starry mantle over a red, flower-strewn dress) standing on the moon with the sun, the only major different being is that the Spanish one is holding Our Lord, while in the American one she is still pregnant with Our Lord. :D
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Great Job! Amen. :)
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ShinjuMarkez's avatar
Love it! Grea job :clap: :love:
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LordShadowmane's avatar
Why do Catholics get confirmed when they are in high school? Shouldn't they wait until adulthood?
Theophilia's avatar
The Code of Canon Law says: The sacrament of confirmation is to be conferred on the faithful at about the age of discretion, unless the episcopal conference has decided on a different age; or there is a danger of death; or, in the judgment of the minister, a grave reason suggests otherwise. (CIC 891)

In the United States, the bishops have decided that the normal age for the reception of Confirmation should be between the age of discretion and the age of sixteen. The Age of Discretion is otherwise known as the age of reason, which is generally around 7 (basically when someone is able to tell right from wrong).  

In the early Church (and still in use in the Eastern rites), people were baptized and confirmed and received Holy Communion at the same time. So it technically doesn't really have anything to do with being an adult. Generally though, since in the United States people are confirmed later (around 14 or 15) it's also come to be seen as a "Catholic rite of passage" or as a way of publicly renewing your commitment to Christ. It is perfectly fine to approach it in that way; however it's not necessary to the reception of the Sacrament.  
LordShadowmane's avatar
I appreciate the information that you are giving me. I haven't been confirmed yet. Again thank you. God bless
Theophilia's avatar
No problem! God bless! :glomp:
LordShadowmane's avatar
Thanks. If I've got anymore questions I will not hesitate to ask
LordShadowmane's avatar
Thanks. If I've got anymore questions I will not hesitate to ask
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