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Daily Spiritual Reflection

“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother…” John 19:25

In Jesus’ ministry Mary witnessed God’s love in His sermons and miracles. At the Cross, Mary witnessed the depth of God’s love for humanity in Jesus’ suffering and death. Mary’s presence at the Cross gave Jesus hope that he was not alone in his suffering. Because Mary continually pondered the activity of God in her life, she knew that God’s love story for humanity would not end in death. The death of Jesus was the beginning of a new chapter of divine love for us.

Like Mary, we are called to stand at Jesus’ cross. There we experience hope and love. In hope we stay vigilant to where Jesus is presently crucified in the sufferings of his sisters and brothers. At these present day crosses we compassionately stand to witness the love of God.

Mary’s silent presence at the Cross of Jesus inspires us to be courageous in being compassionate to those who are facing a difficult moment: loneliness, hopelessness, fear, suffering, hatred, and injustice. Our presence at these crosses is an invitation to continue writing God’s love story through offering compassionate hope to all who search for God’s love in the difficult moments of life.

Today, what/whose cross are you standing at? Pray to be strong in faith, love and hope. A caring word or action to another is writing God’s love story in their lives and in ours. It offers them hope in midst of their suffering. It is a way to bring peace to another and to the world.

Fr. Don Siple, OSM, Rector of The Grotto
Pray the Servite Rosary of Our Lady of Sorrows in the Present Pandemic

Join Fr. Richard Boyle, OSM, in praying this special Rosary.

Recorded at the Via Matris (Way of the Mother) in The Grotto's Upper Gardens.

Bringing The Grotto to You

This past weekend we made another step toward reopening. Following the strict guidelines set out by the Archdiocese of Portland, we will celebrate Mass on Sundays at 10 a.m. and 12 noon in the Chapel of Mary. Under these guidelines there is a strict attendance limit, and those attending must be registered in advance for contact tracing and crowd control. We can only sign up 21 people per Mass so we are asking that you sign up for only one Mass per four week period.


The Grotto Gift Shop is now open following the governor's guidelines. Click here to view shopping guidelines and temporary hours.

In the meantime, we hope you continue to enjoy our daily emails until The Grotto is ready to fully open our gates.
Day 78: Then and Now
Almost a Century of History

The Grotto celebrates its 96th anniversary this year. What began as a young boys dream a century ago has become a sanctuary for peace for almost 100 years.

To learn more about how The Grotto began, and our founder, Servite Fr. Ambrose Mayer, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."

Today we celebrate a how we were and how we remain.

Please enjoy these "then and now" photos. While we do not know the exact dates these photographs were taken, we know the historic photos were taken in the early years of The Grotto.

We hope you enjoy this walk through time.
The Parking Lot

Look closely and you will notice the same rock in the distance.
St. Philip Benizi's Retreat

To learn more about St. Philip Benizi's Retreat, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
The Upper Path on the Lower Level

 If you look closely on the left side of the path, you can spot the same two large rocks, and possibly the same tree between them.
The Christus Statue

The building next to the statue in the historic photo was the original chapel at The Grotto. The Chapel of Mary was not built until 1955.

To learn more about the Christus Statue, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
The Grotto Plaza Looking West

Outdoor Mass is celebrated in The Grotto Plaza during the warmer months of the year. The Plaza is a gathering place on the lower level, which is free to all throughout the year.

To learn more about The Grotto Plaza, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
Our Lady's Grotto

To learn more about Our Lady's Grotto, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
The Grotto at Night

The marble replica of Michelangelo's Pietà which currently stands in Our Lady's Grotto was added in 1946. It replaced the original statue.

To learn more about the statues and other art at The Grotto, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
The Elevator

This 125-foot elevator takes visitors to the Upper Gardens. To learn more about the cliff and elevator, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."

In the distance you can see Mt. St. Helens, before the volcano's transforming eruption in 1980.
St. Joseph's Grove

To learn more about St. Joseph's Grove, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
The Monastery

The Monastery is the home of The Servite Friars. It was built in 1936.

The Grotto is as ministry of the Servite Friars, Order of Servants of Mary. To learn more about The Servites, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
The Overlook

The Grotto's founder, Servite Fr. Ambrose Mayer, looks out to the north from the overlook, located on the upper level directly above Our Lady's Grotto.

To learn more about the view from The Grotto's scenic Upper Gardens, click here to view an earlier edition of "Bringing The Grotto to You."
A Sanctuary of Peace

On May 29, 1924, three thousand people gathered for the first Mass and dedication of the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother. At the blessing, Archbishop Alexander Christie offered this prayer:

“Let this be a sanctuary of peace for all peoples of the earth and surely in this day a sanctuary is needed. Torn with differences, strife, and grief, the world needs sanctuary where the human spirit can seek peace and consolation.”

We pray these same words today.
Light a Candle at The Grotto

Purchase a candle to be lighted at The Grotto while we are closed. 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
Perpetual Enrollment in The Grotto’s Guild of Masses and Prayer honors yourself, your family or your loved ones, and provides support for The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother.

Purchase a Gift Certificate

Not sure what to get someone? Or perhaps you would just like to support The Grotto during our closure?

A Gift Certificate to The Grotto Gift Shop is a great gift. It can be used to purchase admission to the Upper Gardens, candles or store merchandise.

 Shop Online

Check out our online shop if you are unable to visit. And if you don't see something you are interesting in our online shop, feel free to contact our Director of Retail Operations by clicking here and we can make arrangements.
The Series

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

Week 1
St. Francis of Assisi
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
St. Anne's Chapel
St. Joseph's Grove
The Marilyn Moyer Meditation Chapel
Spring in the Garden
Our Lady's Grotto

Week 2
St. Jude Thaddeus
Statue of Mary, Our Mother
The Pollinator Garden
St. Philip Benizi's Retreat
Pathways of The Grotto
St. Peregrine Shrine
The Servites

Week 3
Here Light Shines
The Peace Garden
Dambana
Looking Up
Feast of Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross
The Rose Garden
Palm Sunday, The Christus Garden

Week 4
Crosses and Crucifixes
Sacred Heart Statue
Angels of The Grotto
Holy Thursday of The Lord's Supper
Good Friday, Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday, Via Matris
Easter Sunday

Week 5
The Forest
Blessing of the Animals
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
Colors of The Grotto
Mysteries of the Rosary
Lighting a Candle
Chapel of Mary

Week 6
Come to the Water
Our Lady of Lavang Shrine
Celebrating God's Creation
Our Lady of Lourdes
The Labyrinth
Looking Out a Window
How The Grotto Began

Week 7
The Cliff and Elevator
Lithuanian Wayside Shrine
The Grotto by the Numbers
Music at The Grotto
May Flowers
Take a Closer Look
Outdoor Mass

Week 8
The Feast of St. Peregrine
Celebrating Your Favorites
A Year at The Grotto
The Seven Holy Founders
Views and Perspectives
The Rhododendrons
Mother's Day at The Grotto

Week 9
Twilight at The Grotto
The Peace Pole
Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Shrine
A Seat Waiting for You
The Murals
Mosaics of The Grotto
The Chapel Saints

Week 10
The Grotto Gift Shop
The Servite Mission
Architecture of The Grotto
A Retreat at The Grotto
The Visitor Center
Arriving at The Grotto
Sr. Ruth's Well

Week 11
Celebrating Memorial Day
A Gallery in the Woods
Hope and Healing
The View
The Grotto Plaza
The Leaves
Celebrating Pentecost

Today: Then and Now
The Grotto
The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

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Portland, Oregon

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