Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to visit Maine churches this month

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Posted May 12, 2011, at 10:56 p.m.

A photographic replica of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be displayed this month in Catholic churches from Brewer to Houlton.

The 4-by-6-foot replica of the original image will be brought to Maine by the Apostolates of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The organization is based in St. Albans, Vt.

The visitation schedule for the image at Catholic churches is:

  1. 6:30 p.m. Mass, May 20, St. Mary of the Visitation, Houlton.
  2. 4 p.m. May 21, St. Leo the Great, Howland.
  3. 6:30 p.m May 23, St. Teresa’s, Brewer.
  4. 1-6 p.m. Holy Hour May 26, St. Mary of Lourdes, Lincoln.
  5. 9 a.m. Mass; 6 p.m. Holy Hour, May 27, St. Benedict’s, Benedicta.
  6. 4 p.m. Mass, May 28, St. Martin’s, Millinocket.
  7. 9:30 a.m. Mass, May 29, St. Peter’s, East Millinocket.
  8. 3 p.m. Holy Hour, May 29, St. Martin’s, Millinocket.

The  image also will visit both campuses of All Saints Catholic Schools in Bangor on May 24.

In addition, the image will be part of the Memorial Day events in Millinocket. The Knights of Columbus Honor Guard will carry the image at 8 a.m. May 30, from St. Martin’s Church to the cemetery. The annual Mass at the cemetery will begin at 9 a.m. after the procession.

In the event of rain, the Mass will be celebrated at St. Martin’s in Millinocket.

In addition, during the visitation at St. Benedict’s, the image will be brought to the homes of the ill parishioners.

“[The image] represents the spiritual presence of the Mother of God and it is said that the Blessed Mother lives in the image in a mystical way,” Thomas Darling, a member of the Knights’ honor guard in Millinocket, said in a press release. “Thousands of people have had healings, both physical and spiritual [related to the image].”

Darling also said that hundreds of people have heard her heart beat in the image and seen the image weep. The original image miraculously appeared on the tilma, or burlap cloak, of a Mexican peasant between Dec. 9 and 12, 1531, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia.

For more information, visit the website for the Apostolates of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at www.jkmi.com.

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