Holy Mary of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Philippine Islands as Declared by Pope Pius XI on 16 July 1935

Pius P.P. XI

In Perpetual Remembrance

Our Predecessors, the Roman Pontiffs, have all the times unceasingly sought with untiring zeal to arouse and foster the devotion of the faithful to the Most Blessed Mother of Our Redeemer Jesus Christ.  Wherefore we also with much joy of soul have seen extraordinary evidence of great love for the Virgin Mother of God among the people of the dioceses of the Philippine Islands in letters of petitioners which the Archbishop of Manila and the Philippines, and also our Apostolic Delegate have now jointly presented to us in the name of their clergy and faithful.

From these letters we have definitely learned that the people of these Islands earnestly wish that we should consider it proper to proclaim the Most Blessed Virgin Mary to be the heavely loving Mother of the human race and since she is held in great honor and veneration under same title in the region of New Spain, now Central America, from which missionary institutions went froth to the Philippine Islands bringing with them the laws and customs of Christian civilization.

Since therefore the faithful of these Islands who would especially honor Holy Mary and confidently implore the intercession under the tittle of Guadalupe, together with their Pastors, have herein mentioned, confidently promising the most efficacious help and protection of the Virgin Mother of God, and after having consulted the Prefect of Congregation of Sacred Rites, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and having fulfilled all that is customary, with diligent care, we degree as follows:

Forsooth with our certain knowledge and mature delibreration, and from a plenitude of Our Apostolic Authority, according to the puport of these letters and in perpetual manner, we define and declare the the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, under the aforesaid title of GUADALUPE is before God THE HEAVENLY PATRONESS OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.  Wherefore we command that all the Liturgical Rights and privileges which are proper to such a Patronage shall be bestowed upon Her Heavenly Patronage.

These things we define and promulgate and we decree that these LETTERS SHALL FORTHWITH STAND IRREVOCABLE, VALID AND EFFECTIVE, and shall remain their full and complete effects; and they shall benefit with all of the Islands both now and forever; and IF ANYTHING CONTRARY TO THESE THINGS SHOULD HAPPEN TO BE ATTEMPTED BY ANYBODY EITHER KNOWINGLY OR UNKNOWINGLY NO MATTER BY WHAT AUTHROITY it must be judged and dealt with accordingly, AND IT SHALL BECOME NULL AND VOID FROM THIS MOMENT.  Everything to the contrary notwithstanding.

Given at Saint Peter’s at Rome, under the Seal of the Fisherman, on the sixteenth day of July in the Year Nineteen Hundred and Thirty Five.

(Signed) E. Cardinal Pacelli

a Secretis Status

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Notes:

  1. This decree was copied from the insert page of the Novena pamphlet for the Holy Mary of Guadalupe published by the Lay Monastic Community of Caryana, S of G Foundation, Inc.,  P. O. Box 1759, MCPO, Makati, Metro Manila, 1257.
  2. A full length picture of Our Lady of Gudalupe is in Wiki Pilipinas.  Beautiful portraits are also provided by cathom.blogspot.com here and by Properly Scared here.  Note that Our Lady’s mantle appears bluish when we go nearer to the image (Cathom) and greenish when we move farther away (Properly Scared).  This is an optical phenomenon since no paint is used in Our Lady’s mantle.  A possible physical explanation is diffraction grating effect, as when we see rainbow colors in a compact disc due to its closely spaced grooves.  Another possible explanation is the mantle forms holographic pattern, similar to those of modern brand seals that changes color depending on your point of view.
  3. You may read my related post, “How Our Lady of Gudalupe snatched me from New Age.”
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About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

4 Responses to Holy Mary of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Philippine Islands as Declared by Pope Pius XI on 16 July 1935

  1. Hedy says:

    how and where can we order copy of the NOVENA to HOLY MARY OF GUADALUPE, which was published by S & G FOUNDATION, PO BOX 1759, MCPO
    1257 MAKATI CITY, PHILIPPINES (A PUBLICATION OF THE LAY MONASTIC COMMUNITY OF CARYANA)

    Please advice. we would very much would like to get more copies, so we can distribute them here in California, USA.

    My e-mail address is pickell81@yahoo,com of hedy.pickell@cokeva.com

    Thank you so much and God bless you for all you do.

    Hedy Pickell

  2. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Hi Hedy,

    I shall drop by the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe tomorrow and inquire on the cost of the novena pamphlets. I can send the package to you by Philippine post.

  3. reynaldo d pastor says:

    this decree was published full page by Philippine Star, July 16, 1999. i hv it taped on my closet door. having requested by writing, i hv received novena & Guadalupe pix from the S of G. i hv also received large Guadalupe pix from Sir Louie Reyes; got his contact num thru the Family Rosary Crusade. he was a guest at the FRC, Studio 23. Our Lady of Guadalupe is now in pilgrimage in our vicariate in parishes where there is KofC. salamat.

  4. reynaldo d pastor says:

    To the S of G Foundation. Pls request the CBCP that December 12 be declared a Solemnity in the Philippines. Our Lady of Guadalupe deserves a solemnity in our liturgical calendar. Its too near December 8, Immaculate Conception, but let December 12 be not a Holy Day of Obligation. JMJ

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