Our Lady of Guadalupe





 We light three Candles on the Advent Wreath, and say or sing:

Light and Peace in Jesus Christ our Lord!

~Thanks be to God!


Let your face shine on us, O God;

~And we shall be saved.



All may sing or alternate the verses of  Ave Maris Stella–an ancient Marian Hymn.

Star of steady guidance, safe and welcome haven,

with our song we greet you, God’s own Virgin Mother.


Gabriel’s great greeting now our salutation

Changes “Eve” to “Ave” Hail, our Virgin Mother!


Health with peace and pardon Gain for us from Jesus;

Prove your reputation: show yourself our Mother!


Sing with us now glory To the Word and Abba

And the Spirit binding all together ever.  Amen!







I will greatly rejoice in God my Savior, who has clothed me

with a robe of salvation and wrapped me in a garment of justice, alleluia!

Psalm 144a/145a

I will exalt you, O God, my God,

I will bless your Name forever.

I will bless you day after day

and praise your Name forever.


Adonai, you are great, beyond our praise,

we are moved to silence and awe.

Age to age proclaims your wonders,

recounts your mighty deeds;


They speak of your splendor and glory

declare your greatness and might.

They recall your abundant goodness

and joyfully sing of your justice.


Gracious are you and full of compassion,

granting us freedom, abounding in love.

How kind you are to all creation,

compassionate to all you have made. 


Glory to the ONE through the WORD

In the Breath of Love,

As always before so now and evermore, Amen.

I will greatly rejoice in God my Savior, who has clothed me

with a robe of salvation and wrapped me in a garment of justice, alleluia!


READING:  The Words of La Virgen de Guadalupe to Juan Diego

“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 listen to 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. …



Silent Reflection



R.  Rejoice, O highly favored daughter!  Adonai is with you.

V. God’s blessing is on you above all women, and this blessing is on the fruit of your womb. * Adonai is with you. 

V. Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.


Canticle of Mary          Luke 1:46-55


Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, by Adonai the Most High God,

above all women upon the Earth.

 It is customary to make the sign of the cross at the beginning of the Gospel Canticle.

My heart + is radiant with the Lord,

My whole being delights in God my Savior.


All people now will call me blessed

For God has loved this humble handmaid.

The Almighty has shown me great favor

Holy is the NAME,


Whose mercy embraces the faithful,

From one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God,

Scatters the proud in their own conceit,


Pulls tyrants from their thrones

While lifting up the lowly:

Fills the famished with bounty,

And reveals the emptiness of riches.


Rescues lowly Israel,

Sharing such loving kindness,

As promised to our ancestors

To Abraham and Sarah, and their descendants forever.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to  the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, by Adonai the Most High God,

above all women upon the Earth.





Intercessory Prayer

To those who seek justice and peace in every land, especially the marginalized and the poor of Latin America, ~Come Lord Jesus.


To those nations in two-thirds of the world who suffer the most from economic injustice and ecological devastation, ~Come Lord Jesus.


To those who are forced by poverty and violence to flee their homelands and to those who welcome them with hospitality and kindness, ~Come Lord Jesus.


To those who mourn the loss of their loved ones:those among our friends, colleagues, and communities whose holiday celebrations this year are marked by the absence of parents, siblings or children, ~Come Lord Jesus.


Our Dear Abba …


Closing Prayer & Blessing


Gracious God, you showed great favor to Mary of Nazareth and asked her to bring your eternal Word into the world.  May we follow her example  and  carry your liberating word into a world that still longs for the poor to be lifted up, and the hungry to be filled with good things.  May all who invoke her as the Virgin of Guadalupe work together in promoting the progress of all peoples in the ways of justice and peace.  We ask this through Jesus, the Incarnate Word, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen


May the One who makes justice to rain down from the heights, + shower us and all on Earth with compassion and peace.  Amen.


Let us bless the world with peace.   ~And give thanks to God.




Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon for Advent.

Marian Antiphon


Loving Mother of our Savior, holding open heaven’s only hope, Star for steerage in this vastness, rise to help us, save the sinking.  Nature’s greatest  Wonder: you have borne your own true Maker, giving human life to him. Virgin ever, before and after, that Good News from Gabriel, Word of Life for living, tell it now: mercy to all people!


The angel of the Lord brought the message to Mary. ~ And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.


Let us pray.  We ask, O God, that we who have been privileged to receive the Good News of the Incarnation of Christ, your Son, may be prepared through his passion and cross to approach also the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.  Amen.