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Our Lady of Guadalupe to visit Perham, area churches

A traveling image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will visit the Perham-Dent area and other Catholic churches.

The missionary image is a faithful replica of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe enshrined in its basilica in Mexico City. The image was a gift from the Catholics and bishops of Mexico to the Catholic Church in America. The image has traveled to all 50 states and several foreign countries.

The image is a part of a miracle, which dates back to 1531. In that year, the Virgin appeared to a humble Mexican peasant named Juan Diego, and she left behind a miraculous image of her appearance on the back of his cloak. She had come to offer hope and consolation to the oppressed, and in the 17 years following her appearance, she put an end to human sacrifice of the Aztecs through conversion of some 9 million Indians.

The fabric of the cloak was made of a coarse fabric derived from the cactus plant and was not manmade. It had been expected to last for no more than 20 years but is now 460 years old.

She is the patroness of the unborn. It is because when the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico, she appears as the pregnant Virgin Mary. She is also the Queen of the Americas.

The image will be at the following locations starting Aug. 15. All are welcome.

• Aug. 15 and 16 -- Sacred Heart, Dent, at 4 p.m. Mass, Eucharistic Adoration until 8 a.m. Mass

• Aug. 16 -- Our Lady of the Lake, Battle Lake, 10:30 a.m. Mass

• Aug. 17 -- St. Joseph's, Bertha, 8:30 a.m. Mass

• Aug. 17 -- Perham Nursing Home, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

• Aug. 18 -- St. Henry's, Perham, Eucharistic Adoration 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Aug. 19 -- St. James, Maine, 9 a.m. Mass

• Aug. 20 -- St. Edward's, Henning, 8:30 a.m. Mass

• Aug. 21 -- St. Lawrence, Rush Lake, 8:30 a.m. Mass

• Aug. 22 -- Our Lady of Victory, Fergus Falls, 4:30 p.m. Mass

• Aug. 22 -- St. Leonard's, Pelican Rapids, 7-10 p.m. Holy Hour