Monday, December 01, 2008

Our Lady of Guadalupe

A great sign appeared in the sky
a woman clothed with the sun
with the moon under her feet
and on her head a crown of twelve stars

She was with child
and wailed aloud in pain
as she labored to give birth

Then another sign appeared in the sky
it was a huge red dragon
with seven heads and ten horns
and on its heads were seven diadems

Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth
to devour her child when she gave birth

She gave birth to a son, a male child
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod

Her child was caught up to God and his throne
the woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God
that there she might be taken care of
for twelve hundred and sixty days

Then war broke out in heaven
Michael and his angels battled against the dragon
The dragon and its angels fought back
but they did not prevail
and there was no longer any place for them in heaven

The huge dragon, the ancient serpent
who is called the Devil and Satan
who deceived the whole world
was thrown down to earth
and its angels were thrown down with it

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

"Now have salvation and power come,
and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who accuses them before our God day and night.
They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them.
But woe to you, earth and sea,
for the Devil has come down to you in great fury,

for he knows he has but a short time."

When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth
it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child

But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle
so that she could fly to her place in the desert
where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of
for a year, two years, and a half-year

The serpent however spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth
after the woman to sweep her away with the current

But the earth helped the woman and opened its mouth
and swallowed the flood that the dragon spewed out of its mouth

Then the dragon became angry with the woman
and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring
those who keep God's commandments and bear witness to Jesus

I took my position on the sand of the sea
(Revelation: Chapter 12)

Death Wish Part 2 - Father Corapi - (Part 1 here)

Our Lady of Guadalupe @ Sancta (complete comprehensive site)

Beautiful - Schubert's Ave Maria - Andrea Bocelli


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