This Sunday, in addition to the Third Sunday of Advent, St. Matthew's will celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century.
A poor Aztec Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was converted, baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower, and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady.
Juan was walking by a hill called Tepeyac when he heard beautiful music like the warbling of birds. A radiant cloud appeared, and within it stood an Indian maiden dressed like an Aztec princess. The lady spoke to him in his own language and sent him to the bishop of Mexico, a Franciscan named Juan de Zumarraga. The bishop was to build a chapel in the place where the lady appeared.