And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman
clothed with the sun, and the moon under her
feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars:
A woman: Also applies to the Church of God.
The Church is clothed with the sun, that is,
with Christ: she hath the moon, that is, the
changeable things of the world, under her
feet: and the twelve stars with which she is
crowned, are the twelve apostles: she is in
labour and pain, whilst she brings forth her
children, and Christ in them, in the midst of
afflictions and persecutions.
And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and
was in pain to be delivered.
And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a
great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and
on his heads seven diadems:
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven,
and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the
woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be
delivered, he might devour her son.
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all
nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up
to God, and to his throne.
Apocalypse of Saint John (Revelation) 12:1-5
from the Douay-Rheims Bible
See excerpts below (relating to the Scripture passage above) from The Mystical City of God,
Vol. I, manifested to Mary of Jesus of Agreda; tr. Rev. George J. Blatte,
This sign appeared really in the heavens by
divine disposition and was shown to the good
and bad angels, in order that seeing it, they
might subject their will to the pleasure of
the commands of God.
They saw it therefore before the good ones chose the
good and before the bad ones had turned to evil. When
it was revealed to the angels that they would have to
obey the incarnate Word, another, a third precept was
given them, namely, that they were to admit as a superior
conjointly with Him, a Woman, in whose womb the Onlybegotten
of the Father was to assume flesh and that this Woman was to
be the Queen and Mistress of all the creatures.
The decree constituting him (Lucifer) inferior to the Mother of
the Incarnate Word, our Mistress, he opposed with horrible
The Almighty at this conjuncture worked another
wonderful mystery. Having given to all the angels a
sufficiently clear intelligence of the great mystery
of the hypostatic Union, He showed them the image of
the most holy Virgin by means of an imaginary vision.
This sign or vision of the Queen of heaven and of the
Mother of the incarnate Word was made known and manifest
to all the angels, good and bad. The good ones at the sign
of it broke forth in admiration and in canticles....
The dragon and his allies on the contrary conceived implacable
hatred and fury against Christ and his most holy Mother. For
they saw at once, that having failed to profit by this sign,
they were to be conquered and crushed by it.
Thereupon followed the punishment of Lucifer and its allies;
for after uttering his blasphemies against the Woman, who had
been symbolized in the heavenly sign, he found himself visibly
and exteriorly transformed from a most beautiful angel to a
fierce and most horrid dragon.
The great sign of the Woman served the good angels as a shield and
as arms of battle against the evil ones; for at the sight of it,
all their power of reasoning weakened and was brought to confusion
and silence, since they could not endure the mysteries and sacraments
contained in this sign.
A Prayer for Life
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of
the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life:
Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of
babies to be born, of the poor whose lives are
made difficult, of men and women who are victims
of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick
killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy.
Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim
the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people
of our time.
Obtain for them the grace to accept that
Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it
with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage
to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build,
together with all people of good will, the civilization
of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the
Creator and lover of life. Amen
May the Woman clothed
with the sun, in the image
of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Protectress of the Unborn,
with her message of Love
and Compassion crush the
serpent again. Amen
"I am your merciful mother, to you, and to all the inhabitants
on this land and all the rest who love me, invoke and confide
in me; (I am here ) to listen to their lamentations, and remedy
all their miseries, afflictions and sorrows."
"Listen, what you fear, what has
afflicted you, is nothing. May neither your countenance nor
your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any
other sickness or anguish. Am I not here? Am I not your Mother?
Are you not under my protection? Are you not in the hollow of my
mantle, in the embrace of my arms? Do you have need of anything else?
May nothing disturb or grieve you."
Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego, Mexico, 1531
A Prayer for Life, Pope John Paul II, Encyclical The Gospel of Life,
Rome, March 25 1995, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Our Lady of Guadalupe - the vision of the woman clothed with the sun
and of the great dragon her persecutor described in The Apocalypse of
Saint John (Revelation)
Our Lady of the Apocalyse/Revelation with Saint Michael defeating the dragon
December 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Mother of the Americas - Protecting Life with Love and Compassion
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