Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bloom Where You're Planted Wednesday

We all need a place to get away and be alone with our thoughts. Over the years every place that I have lived, I have always had my special devotional places. These areas are where I can be alone, pray, read my Bible and write in my journal.

My new meditation place is The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. It has the most amazing devotional areas. I would like to highlight just a few below:


*The Agony Garden is a perfect place for visitors to pray and reflect in quiet solitude. A large, Carrara marble statue of Jesus kneeling in prayer portrays Christ's agony in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night of His betrayal.

The Annunciation Garden stands majestically on a hill overlooking the Main Shrine. The larger-than-life sculptures of the Blessed Virgin and the Angel Gabriel are mounted on a stone wall. It is located at the highest elevation of the Shrine, affording a panoramic view of much of the Shrine property.

Each hour is dramatically marked by the tolling of four large bells installed in a reflection pool.



A Mothers Memorial Wall flanks the curved walkway with bronze plaques honoring individual mothers. Seasonal flower gardens surround the memorial walkway throughout the year, especially in the summer months when the "Our Lady of the Snows' roses are in bloom. This beautiful location invites visitors to pause, meditate, and pray.

A concrete pathway leads the visitor up to and around the Resurrection Cave that resembles a giant stone. The cave is hollowed out on one side, revealing a cut geode, with a tomb-like vacant slab representing the Risen Christ.

A two-acre playground with a spiritual theme was added to the Shrine grounds in the summer of 2002. This recreational area is fun for children of all ages. It provides parents and grandparents a backdrop for some religious instruction. The seven days of creation are colorfully depicted in a rubberized walking surface that circles the playground. At the entrance to this wonderful play area is a life-size sculpture of a kneeling Jesus.

This is such a unique place for people of all faiths to visit.

*Content taken from snows.org

1 comment:

Betsy said...

I've never seen anything like this! It's wonderful!