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by griego catolico
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The Prayer of Consecration that His Holiness Francis will pray to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God contains the beautiful quote from Our Lady of Guadalupe:

We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart. We are your beloved children. In every age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion. At this dark hour, help us and grant us your comfort. Say to us once more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?” You are able to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times. In you we place our trust. We are confident that, especially in moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid.

I found it a joyful surprise to see the quote included in the prayer in light of the fact that Our Lady of Guadalupe is becoming more well known in Ukraine.

Here's a list of links of interest:

Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR:

What Our Lady of Guadalupe means to a Ukrainian bishop: Link. []

Why this Canadian Ukrainian bishop loves Our Lady of Guadalupe: Link. []

Bishop Mykhailo Bubniy, CSsR:

In Mexico I was asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for Ukraine, - Bishop Mykhailo Bubniy during a presentation of a book about Our Lady of Guadalupe: Link. []

Bishop Mykhailo Bubniy blessed a copy of Our Lady of Guadalupe to be enshrined at Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Church (Askold's Grave) in Kyiv:
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Interview with Bishop Mykhailo Bubniy about Our Lady of Guadalupe: Video. []

Ukrainian Catholic University:

Seminars on the 490th anniversay of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
English seminar. []
Ukrainian seminar. []

“Radruzh” School of Iconography on the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Video. []

Knights of Columbus:

Presentation of the Ukrainian version of the book, "Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love": July 8, 2021 [] and October 19, 2021 []

Copy of Our Lady of Guadalupe visits UGCC parish in Brody, Ukraine: Video. []

More links to come...
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by Orthodox Catholic
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Our parish of the Holy Eucharist in Toronto has a large icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As I understand it, Orthodox iconographers have examined the image and have said it does fit the categorization of an actual icon. This must mean that the Most Holy Mother of God is an excellent Iconographer !
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by griego catolico
griego catolico
The Church of St. Nicholas on Askold's Grave is where Pope Saint John Paul II prayed before the original miraculous icon of the Mother of God of Zarvanystia during his apostolic visit to Ukraine in June 2001. The icon was brought over from the shrine in Zarvanytsia and was present during the Divine Liturgy in Kyiv.
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Enshrined in the church is a copy of the Zarvanytsia icon, which is itself miraculous.
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I didn't understand at first why the copy looked the way it did...until I read online that the icon is credited with having saved the church from arson by falling off the wall from where it hung and landing on top of the flames to extinguish them!
Read more about it here:
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by Orthodox Catholic
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In 1963, the Russian communists dynamited the Church in Zarvanytsia where the original miraculous icon was enshrined. The church was reduced to rubble but the icon was untouched. I remember seeing a photo of what can only be called a miraculous event!

I inherited a small copy of the icon of Zarvanytsia from my grandmother, Presbytera Irene, who kept it by her bedside all her life and was touched to the original, I believe.

The word "Zarvanytsia" comes from the Ukrainian word "zarvatysia" or to rise up quickly - the experience a fleeing monastic had under the icon. It is also one of the icons associated with the Protective Mantle of the Most Holy Mother of God as She appeared over the village of Zarvanytsia extending her mantle or scapular.

Our former Bishop, Vladyka Stephan, was in Zarvanytsia for an indulgenced pilgrimage ("Vidpust" - also very popular in Ukrainian Orthodox circles, probably a carry-over from the Uniat times . . .). He looked out on the square an was told thousands of pilgrims were there. He wondered, as he later said, where all those pilgrims were staying as there are no hotels at Zarvanytsia . . . And then he saw them all coming out of the nearby woods and fields . . . thousands of them who had slept in tents. It is the most popular Ukrainian Catholic shrine in western Ukraine and I grew up with that devotion. The icon is also highly honoured in Orthodox circles. as an Orthodox icon.

And now that Vladyka Brian is our permanent Eparch, Our Lady of Guadalupe is everywhere. As a Redemptorist, he promotes devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help - also extremely popular among our people. We will just have to get used to Our Lady of Guadalupe too!! (There's a lovely akathist to her . . . I've already given him a copy).
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