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                        Did she wear a Crown?

    Did Our Lady of Guadalupe wear a crown?  

      Years ago, on one of the times that I went down to Mexico, I was directed to a church called San Francisco El Grande in downtown Mexico City.   It is located near the Latin American Tower.

     This is what I understood from what I was told.  In a side chapel there is a painting done on the desk- or tabletop of Bishop Zumarraga, the bishop Juan Diego took the flowers to.   While there I made some notes:  "In this church is the first copy of the Image of Guadalupe which was en el escritorio de Obispo Juan Zummarga (my mispelling).  I went on to describe the painting on a large sheet of paper.   In notes around the little rough drawing of her head, I wrote "There are gold rays around her and what appears  to be a crown on her head...The apparent crown blends with the rays to the point that you might not know it was there."   Elsewhere I'd written "Painted about 427 years ago (more or less)."   This might've been in December of 1989, so this would make it about 1562 when it was done (more or less), 29 years after the miraculous occurrence.    

     I've looked at the large image I have, and do not see a crown, but it appears there could have been some disturbance in that area.  

      In a booklet I brought home about that church, San Francisco de Mexico  by Fray Fidel de Jesus Chauvet, O.F.M.,  it says in Spanish:  "La imagen principal de este retablo pertenecio al antiguo templo de San Francisco, y estaba en un altar lateral dedicado a la Virgen del Tepeyac.  Esta imagen esta pintada sobre las tablas de la mesa del Sr. Arzobispo Zumarraga, de acuerdo con la inscripcion al pie del cuadro, en su reverso, en donde se lee:
Tabla de la Mesa del Ilmo. Sr. Zumarraga, y en la que el Dichosos Neofito Puso la Tilma en que Estaba Estampada esta Maravillosa Imagen."  

      Translated into English, it reads: The principal image of this altar piece belongs to the ancient temple of St. Francis, and was on the side altar dedicated to the Virgin of Tepeyac.  This image is painted upon the boards of the table of Archbishop Zumarraga, according to an inscription on at the bottom of the painting, on the back, where you read:
Board of the table of Bishop Zumarraga, on which the fortunate neophyte put the tilma on which was stamped this marvelous image. 

     I wanted to photograph those words on the back of the painting but I was not allowed to.  I would've liked independent verification.

     There is a lengthy description of her image in the book called The History of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe written in the Aztec language of Nahautl by Antonio Valeriano, with additions by Alva Ixtlixochitl, published by Bachiller Luis Lazo de la Vega and translated into Castillian by Licenciado Primo Feliciano Velazquez. It says on page 33, "Her head is inclined to the right; and above the veil is a gold crown whose spindle-shaped points have wide bases."
 
    
  Whether the crown was there to begin with, I cannot say, but it was there at some point in history.   

(Note: Valeriano was born about 1531, the year Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego,  and died 1605.  Fernando Alva Ixtlilxochitl was born between 1568 and 1580, and died in 1648. Luis Lazo de la Vega is the author of  Hvei Tlamacoantzin, published in 1649, a year after Ixtlixochitl's death).    


 

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