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Bringing The Grotto to You
Daily Spiritual Reflections

Click here for reflections and prayers, based on the day's Gospel reading, provided by Fr. Don Siple, OSM, Rector of The Grotto.

Video Messages and Prayers

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"Bringing The Grotto to You" Series

We will continue to share a piece of The Grotto with you each day until Masses resume and our gardens open. We hope this feature brings you joy.

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Day 15: Here Light Shines
The Assumption of Mary Statue stands in front of the The Grotto Monastery. Photo by @sophyseeker.
"Here Light Shines"

Fr. Don Siple, OSM, Rector of The Grotto, recently spoke those words when describing our beautiful sanctuary.

In today's installment of "Bringing The Grotto to You," we bring you a collection of photos from around The Grotto, inspired by those three simple words.

We thank the numerous photographers who shared their photos with us.

We pray that The Grotto is a beacon of light in your life, especially in dark times.
This kneeling angel status is located in the Upper Gardens. Photo by Stephanie Lorenzo Coleman.
A Prayer for Your Light to Shine

All-powerful and ever-living God,
shine with the light of your radiance
on a people who live in the shadow of fear and death.
Let the dawn from on high break upon us;
your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
St. Anne's Chapel peeks through the trees in the Upper Gardens. Photo by @koacam.
Prayer for God's Light

Lord,
let me be still and at peace,
just for a few moments.
In the busy-ness of this day,
filled as it is with so many cares,
doubts, and fears,
Let me be attentive to where I have been,
where I am standing,
and where I am headed.
Above all, let me see,
with the purity of Your eternal Light,
where you have been present in my life today.
And make me a reflection
of that same divine Light
as I serve the many needs
of my sisters and brothers,
who might be struggling in any way.
Amen.
The Grotto Upper Gardens are surrounded by deep forest. Photo by @sophyseeker.
Prayer to Walk in the Light

Father all-powerful and Lord of Love,
let your radiant,
eternal light dawn in our lives,
that we may walk in the sureness of your law
with your Wisdom to guide us always.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
The Christus Statue is located on the lower level at The Grotto.
Prayer to Live in the Light

Lord, true light and source of all light,
listen to our prayer this day.
Turn our thoughts to what is holy
and away from all fear,
and may we ever live
in the light of your love.
We ask this through
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever.
Amen.
St. Anne's Chapel is the oldest installation at The Grotto. Photo by @capturebycre.
A Prayer for Light in Our Hearts

Prayer for Light in our Hearts
God, our Father, hear our prayer
and let the radiance of your love
scatter the gloom of our hearts.
The light of heaven's love has restored us to life.
Free us from the desires that belong to darkness.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
Celebrants hold candles at the Feast of the Assumption in August at The Grotto.
Prayer For the Radiance of Your Light

Lord,
as a new day dawns,
send the radiance of your light
to shine in our hearts.
Make us true to your teaching;
keep us free from error and sin.
We ask this through
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
Light shines through the forest near St. Joseph's Grove. Photo by @chasingpinkskies.
Prayer For True Light

All powerful and ever-living God,
splendor of true light,
and never-ending day,
let the radiance of your coming
banish from our minds
the darkness of sin
We ask this through
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
This angel stands within Our Lady's Grotto.
Prayer to be Filled With Holy Light

Lord,
as daylight fills the sky,
fill us with your holy light.
May our lives mirror our love for you
whose wisdom has brought us into being,
and whose care guides us on our way.
We ask this through
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
Our Lady of Czestochowa is one of five multicultural shrines located on the Shrine Path.
Prayer To Follow The Light

God our Savior,
help us to follow the light
and live the truth.
In you, we have been born again
as sons and daughters of light.
May we be constant witnesses
of your compassionate Love
before all the world.
Grant this through
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
The Meditation Chapel is a great place to see the sunset. Photo by @lolajoeng.
Prayer to Our All-Powerful God

All-powerful and ever-living God,
shine with the light of your radiance
on a people who live in the shadow
of fear of illness and contagion.
Let the dawn from on high break upon us,
through your son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.
Lighted candles burn in the cradles next to The Grotto on the lower level.
Light a Candle at The Grotto

Purchase a candle to be lighted at The Grotto. Your candle will burn for seven days in the outdoor cradles by The Grotto. Your support will help The Grotto continue its ministry through this difficult time. Click here to purchase
The Grotto Gift Shop

The Grotto Gift Shop is open during our closure. If you do not see an item in our online shop which you would like to purchase, feel free to contact our director of retail sales by clicking here .
The Grotto glows at night. Be sure to visit our annual Christmas Festival of Lights.
Photography

Do you have photographs you would like to share with us? Please email them to events@thegrotto.org.

We also appreciate you sharing your photos on social media. Use the hashtag #TheGrottoPDX.

The Series

We hope you are enjoying our daily feature A Place of Sanctuary: Bringing The Grotto to You.

Day 1: St. Francis of Assisi
Day 2: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
Day 3: St. Anne's Chapel
Day 4: St. Joseph's Grove
Day 5: The Marilyn Moyer Meditation Chapel
Day 6: Spring in the Garden
Day 7: Our Lady's Grotto
Day 8: St. Jude Thaddeus
Day 9: Statue of Mary, Our Mother
Day 10: The Pollinator Garden
Day 11: St. Philip Benizi's Retreat
Day 12: Pathways of The Grotto
Day 13: St. Peregrine Shrine
Day 14: The Servites
Today: Here Light Shines
Tomorrow: The Peace Garden
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