In celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th, the 3rd grade Music and Spanish classes collaborated to perform the play based on Our Lady's apparition to Juan Diego.
Throughout this collaboration, the students learned about note values, time signatures, and the miraculous facts wrapped in this event. Students also performed the traditional Mexican song, La Guadalupana, while accompanied by a student violinist and students on bongos and maracas.
10 Fun Facts:
If you look at the image of Our Lady, her cloak has 48 stars, each with 8 points. The stars show the constellations that were truly present in the sky at the time of the apparition at 10:30AM on December 12, 1531.
Within 8 years of the bishop building the new church, there were approximately 7 million converts to Christianity.
The plant fibers that tilmas are made of are meant to wear out after 50 years, but the Tilma of Our Lady has lasted over 480 years (despite fun fact #4)!
The tilma and the original image have endured acid spills, several severe floods, centuries of candle smoke, careless handling, and no air conditioning. They also survived close proximity to the blast from a large bomb in the 1920s.
NASA has analyzed the tilma and announced that the image's colors are not made from any materials found on Earth. When scanned by a laser, it was found that the colors do not even touch the fabric; they float 3/10th of a millimeter in front of the surface.
The eyes of the Our Lady on the tilma contract and dilate in response to light just like those of a living human!
When looking at the pupils of Our Lady with a microscope, you can see what she must've seen in the instant her image appeared. She is surrounded by 13 people. One of these people is identified as the bishop. Zooming in further into the bishop's pupils reveals the sight that he saw: Juan Diego opening his garment in front of him.
The temperature of the tilma remains stable at 98.6 degrees (the same temperature as the human body).
When a stethoscope is held to the Blessed Virgin Mary's womb on the tilma, the sound of an infant heartbeat can be heard.
When Our Lady first came to Juan Diego on December 9, 1531, she spoke these words of comfort: "Am I not here, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the fountain of your joy?"