A Place of Sanctuary
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.
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View a special message and prayer from Fr. Richard Boyle, OSM, recorded in The Grotto's Upper Gardens.

"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. Please share our emails with friends and family. Help spread the word that The Grotto is here, and looking forward to the glorious day when we can reopen our gates.
Day 24: Angels of The Grotto
This kneeling angel can be found in the Upper Gardens near St. Francis of Assisi.
Angels of The Grotto

We hope you enjoy this tour of angels found throughout the chapels and gardens at The Grotto.

May you, too, experience the peace our visitors and pilgrims encounter in the spiritual and natural beauty of our holy sanctuary.
This angel reveals to Joseph the mystery of the incarnation. It can be found in St. Joseph's Grove.
The Holy Angels

The Angels in heaven constantly behold the face of God. They were created for adoration. They live for the magnification of God's glory.

Their entire being and all their activities are immersed in the holiness of God. They are eternally one with God.

Even while they are watching over the entire creation, even while they are assisting us in our trials and battles against the forces of darkness, they never divert their faces from the face of God. Indeed, this loving, adoring union with God is the source, not only of all their beatitude, but also of their love for us, and of all the grace, light and help which they communicate to us. 
This angel can be found in The Grotto, providing light for the Piet à .
Models for Humanity

We can learn adoration from the holy Angels, for we too were created for the adoration and glorification of God. We have a harder time of it, because we cannot see God, because we can adore only in the limitation of human faith. The Angels, therefore, help us and teach us to pray with them.

The Angels can properly fulfill all their duties because they do not turn their countenances away from God, because they remain immersed in perpetual adoration. For our own prayer we can learn these things from the example of the Angel: to pray always, to never withdraw our faces from God, and to live constantly in God’s presence. 
These cherubs are found beneath the Assumption of Mary Statue, located in the middle of the Rose Garden.
Prayer to the Holy Angels  
Bless the Lord, All you His Angels,  
You who are Mighty in strength And do His Will. 
Intercede for me At the throne of God,  
And by your unceasing watchfulness  
Protect me in every danger Of soul and body.  
Bless the Lord, All you His Angels,  
You who are Mighty in strength And do His Will. 
Intercede for me At the throne of God, 
And by your unceasing watchfulness  
Protect me in every danger Of soul and body. 
Obtain for me The grace of final perseverance,  
So that after this life I may be admitted  
To your glorious company  
And may sing with you The praises of God For all eternity. 
O all you holy Angels And Archangels,  
Thrones and Dominations, Principalities and Powers  
And Virtues of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim  
And especially you, My dear Guardian Angel,  
Intercede for me And obtain for me The favor I now ask 
(State your intention here...)
These angels welcome visitors on the path between St. Anne's Chapel and the Via Matris.
Prayer to My Guardian Angel

O blessed angelic Spirit, 
Dear and attentive guide in this life, 
I thank you from my heart for all the love and confidence 
with which you have treated me till now. 
Be patient with my inconsistency, 
for I often do not follow your holy counsels, 
and by my disobedience  
have caused you great and bitter sorrow. 
Drive away from me by the power of the Jesus’ Cross 
every temptation of the Evil One, 
and in whatever trouble or difficulty you see me, 
may I feel the help of almighty God to be present 
by your particular prayer and protection. 
Today I commend to you forever 
my body, my heart, and my soul, 
my memory, my intellect and my will, 
my passions and my feelings, 
that you would guard me, direct me, and rule me, 
and at the same time purify, illuminate, and perfect me, 
so that filled with every good through you, 
I may persevere in grace until, in your company, 
I will come to see my God face to face 
and live in the blessedness of his glory forever.

One of the kneeling angels, pictured above, is seen during a winter snowfall.
Angels in the Chapel of Mary

Many images of angels can be found inside the Chapel of Mary. To learn more about the chapel, look for an upcoming edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
Seen above: The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mother in Heaven.
A Guardian Angel Morning Prayer

Angel of God,
my Guardian dear,
To whom God's love
entrusts me here;

Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
to rule and guide.

This tiny angel can be found among the flowers at the Our Lady of Lavang Shrine in the Upper Gardens.
A Guardian Angel Before Sleep Prayer

Guardian Angel,
guard me from harm.
Protect me in sleep
without cause for alarm.

Keep safe through,
the darkness of light,
And wake me gently
with God's morning light.

Heralding angels light up the night at the annual Christmas Festival of Lights.
Please send us your photos

Do you have a favorite photo you took of an angel at The Grotto? We would love to see it.

Please send any favorite photos you took while visiting to events@thegrotto.org .

We will feature them in an upcoming edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
The Grotto Gift Shop

The Grotto Gift Shop is open for curbside pick-up or online shipping during our closure. Check out our new  Curbside Shopping  page on our website.

We can arrange curbside pick-up before Easter!

If you do not see an item in our online shop which you would like to purchase, or you would like to arrange a curbside pick-up, contact our director of retail sales by  clicking here .
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.

Mass Enrollment Cards
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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
Day 15: Here Light Shines
Day 16: The Peace Garden
Day 17: Dambana
Day 18: Looking Up
Day 19: Feast of Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross
Day 20: The Rose Garden
Day 21: Palm Sunday, The Christus Garden
Day 22: Crosses and Crucifixes
Day 23: Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue
Today: Angels of The Grotto
Tomorrow: Holy Thursday of The Lord's Supper
The Grotto
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