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This banner stand is 78" tall by 33" wide and features the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe imprinted on the St. Juan Diego's tilma. Fully retractable and stored in an aluminum case, it takes less than a minute to extend the telescopic pole and unroll the Our Lady of Guadalupe banner. Each unit includes a nylon travel bag for storage and transport, making the banner stand an excellent tool for priests, professors, and missionaries who travel and spread devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe or the pro-life movement.
In Mexico in 1531, Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego as the "Lady from Heaven," asking him to have a church built on the hill they were on. The bishop, however, wanted a sign that it truly was Mary appearing. Thus, Our Lady bloomed dozens of roses on the hilltop - even though they were not in season! Juan carried the roses back to the bishop in his tilma (a cheap cactus-cloth covering), and when he unfolded the tilma before the bishop, Our Lady had imprinted her image into the tilma. This image has not deteriorated since then, and many miracles are related to venerating Mary through this image. Numerous symbols are entwined into the image, including the ribbon/sash that shows she is a virgin, but since it is in the shape of a cultural flower that means she has new life in her...she is with child (Jesus! - which is also why this devotion is largely used for the pro-life cause); the light around her that shows she is the Revelation "woman clothed with the sun;" the angel holding her up that proclaims her royalty as Queen of Heaven and earth; along with man other profound symbols. Through this image, may our Mother's words ever be with us to comfort and lead us: "Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear sickness, nor any other anguish. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."
From top-to-bottom, the banner stand measures approximately 78" tall when fully extended. In reality, the banner stand can be extended several inches more, but a total height of 78" is our recommendation for the best combination of visibility and stability.