The Our Lady of Tepeyac Large Monstrance is 26.5" tall and 12" wide. This original artwork monstrance was created by Mary Catherine Unrein. The monstrance depicts Our Lady of Tepeyak (Guadalupe) pregnant with the Christ Child.
The monstrance is made of fiberglass and is indoor/oudoor safe. Weight: 11 pounds.
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Monstrance History (from Mary Catherine): One of the most Eucharistic images of Mary is one she created herself. Her self-portrait as Our Lady of Guadalupe shows her pregnant and regal. This iconography she placed on Juan Diego’s tilma in 1550 is still visible to us today. Why she appeared to Juan Diego was to tell him, “I am your mother, why fear, are you not in the folds of my garment?” She also wanted a church built there in her honor. The church is where the body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ would be made present by the anointed priest to feed her children. Through this miraculous iconic image she painted herself with heavenly roses, she converted millions and stopped pagan sacrifice. Scientific development is still finding secrets in this image. The eyes tell a story only magnification can reveal.
There have been books written on this image. What I have been able to make is a monstrance using the image she gave us. Mary and Jesus are so united to be able to adore Jesus in His mothers’ womb with the image that she herself gave us - it is a grace. This is church. This is our history and love of Our Eternal Mother. If we want peace, we must pray and adore the Prince of Peace. Jesus came into Mary’s womb so he could redeem and open the gates of heaven for us. Our Mother gave us her image as Our Lady of Guadalupe when she was pregnant with Our Savior.
(from My History in Art) http://www.joshuastone.net/art_history.html
Our Lady of Guadalupe/Tepeyak appeared in Mexico as the pregnant Mother of God to Blessed Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian, on December 9, 10, and 12, 1531. She left a Miraculous Image of her appearance on his cactus fiber cloak, or "tilma", which still exists today for all to see in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. She put an end to the bloody human sacrifice of the Aztecs and converted ten million natives in the next 10 years!
The Image as Pictograph
The Image of Our Lady is actually an Aztec Pictograph which was read and understood quickly by the Aztec Indians.
- THE LADY STOOD IN FRONT OF THE SUN - She was greater than their dreaded sun-god "Huitzilopochtli".
- HER FOOT RESTED ON THE CRESCENT MOON - She had clearly vanquished their foremost deity, the feather serpent "Quetzalcoatl".
- THE STARS STREWN ACROSS THE MANTLE - She was greater than the stars of heaven which they worshipped. She was a virgin and the Queen of the heavens for Virgo rests over her womb and the northern crown upon her head. She appeared on December 12, 1531, for the stars that she wore are the constellation of stars that appeared in the sky that day!
- THE BLUE-GREEN HUE OF HER MANTLE - She was a Queen for she wears the color of royalty.
- THE BLACK CROSS ON THE BROOCH AT HER NECK - Her God was that of the Spanish Missionaries, Jesus Christ her son.
- THE BLACK BELT - She was with child for she wore the Aztec Maternity Belt.
- THE FOUR-PETAL FLOWER OVER THE WOMB - She was the "Mother of God." The flower was a special symbol of life, movement and deity - the center of the universe.
- HER HANDS ARE JOINED IN PRAYER - She was not God but clearly there was one greater than Her and she pointed her finger to the cross on her brooch.
- THE DESIGN ON HER ROSE-COLORED GARMENT - She is the "Queen of the Earth," for she is wearing a map of Mexico telling the Indians exactly where the apparition took place.
The Image and Science
- The image to this date, cannot be explained by science.
- The image shows no sign of deterioration after 450 years! The tilma or cloak of Juan Diego on which the image of Our Lady has been imprinted, is a coarse fabric made from the threads of the maguey cactus. This fiber disintegrates within 20-60 years!
- There is no under-sketch, no sizing and no protective over-varnish on the image.
- Microscopic examination revealed that there were no brush strokes.
- The image seems to increase in size and change colors due to an unknown property of the surface and substance of which it is made.
- According to Kodak of Mexico, the image is smooth and feels like a modern-day photograph. (It was produced 300 years before the invention of photography.)
- The image has consistently defied exact reproduction, whether by brush or camera.
- Several images can be seen reflected in the eyes of the Virgin. It is believed to be the images of Juan Diego, Bishop Juan de Zummaraga, Juan Gonzales, the interpreter and others.
- The distortion and place of the images are identical to what is produced in the normal eye which is impossible to obtain on a flat surface.
- The stars on Our Lady's Mantle coincide with the constellation in the sky on December 12, 1531. All who have scientifically examined the image of Our Lady over the centuries confess that its properties are absolutely unique and so inexplicable in human terms that the image can only be supernatural! (from: catholiceducation.org)