The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

“Woman, behold, your son!”

Today we celebrate the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. This celebration was first taught by St. Ambrose in the fourth century. Then, at the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council’s third session on November 21, 1964, Pope Paul VI proclaimed the title of “Mother of the Church” for the Virgin Mary. And on February 11, 2018, Pope Francis decided that this celebration be inscribed in the General Roman Calendar and be observed on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday.

Today’s celebration is a significant one for us because the Blessed Virgin Mary comes to our life in a very personal way as our mother. In many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she called herself in a deeper and relational way as “your mother” and she called us “my [child] children.” Our relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary is one that will last for all eternity.

She will continue to be the Mother of the Church who will always pray, intercede, guide and protect her children, Jesus’ brothers and sisters.

When Jesus offered us to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he acknowledged the Blessed Virgin Mary’s strong faith and fidelity in following Christ until the end. Jesus entrusted all of us into Mary’s intercession and guidance that we too may have a strong faith like hers and follow the commands of the Lord until the end.


Almighty and ever living God, we thank you for the Blessed Virgin Mary, who has always been a great Mother for us and a model of faith as we follow your Son, Jesus Christ. May through her faithful intercession for the Church and all her children, our faith be stronger and may fully live our mission in the Church for the salvation of the world.


Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM
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Daily Recitation of the Rosary

Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Daily recitation of the Rosary at The Grotto will take place everyday, one half hour before each Mass.
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Today, view the amazing evergreens which surround the Upper Gardens. The Grotto is a 62 acre sanctuary in the middle of the city.

Remembering a year ago:
Bringing The Grotto to You

One year ago, in response to the growing pandemic, we began a series of daily emails called "A Place of Sanctuary: Bringing The Grotto to You." We closed completely a short time later, and that closure lasted for months.

The "Bringing The Grotto to You" series highlighted a feature at (or about) The Grotto each day. The series lasted for 88 days, the length of our closure.

We hope you enjoy this feature, "Looking Back", where we will share a piece of those emails every day for 88 days. Click the link below to view today's feature, which was originally shared this time last year.

Today: Day 70 - Sister Ruth's Well
Join Fr. Vidal Martinez, OSM, Rector of The Grotto, for a daily stroll through the garden. Each day, enjoy photos and videos taken by Father Vidal, often during hours when the grounds are closed.

Today, mama Robin has returned to feed her babies, which were born on the ledge at the Monastery.

The Servite Friars (from left to right)

Father Vidal Martinez, OSM, Rector:
Father Ignatius Kissel, OSM:
Father Leo Hambur, OSM:
Father Edgar Benedi-an, OSM:
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