Celebrating Memorial Day

Today our nation remembers the sacrifices of so many ... those whose actions allow us to speak our opinions openly, participate in our government, and worship freely.

In the midst of cookouts and moments with family today, let us remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. Their sacrifice is our freedom. Let us forever be grateful.
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Upper Gardens admission sold until 7:30 p.m.

Daily Mass

12 noon in the Chapel of Mary
Daily Recitation of the Rosary

Daily recitation of the Rosary at The Grotto will take place everyday, one half hour before each Mass.
Priest's Office Hours

Monday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The Servite Friars gladly await your request for confession, spiritual guidance and blessing of articles. You may also set up an appointment for a blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine. The office is located at the Visitor Center. Masks required.
Gift Shop Hours: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Magnificat, taken from Luke’s Gospel (1:46-55), is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord.

My soul magnifies the Lord 
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; 
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; 
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; 
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, 
and holy is His name; 
And His mercy is from generation to generation 
on those who fear Him. 
He has shown might with His arm, 
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. 
He has put down the mighty from their thrones, 
and has exalted the lowly. 
He has filled the hungry with good things, 
and the rich He has sent away empty. 
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy 
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.

How about you? Does your soul magnify the Lord? We may never be able to approach the Lord from Mary’s level of sanctity as the Mother of God. Still, we are all called to be saints, nonetheless. Your good example, like our Blessed Mother’s, can help others in their spiritual growth. Do people see Christ’s love and goodness in you? Are you letting God work within you to accomplish His will?

Let Mary help give you the graces you need to follow her Son and His Church in praying the Magnificat.

Fr. Vidal Martinez, OSM
Memorial Day Candles

Purchase a candle to be lighted at The Grotto in memory of someone. Your candle will burn for seven days in the outdoor cradles by The Grotto.

Your support will help The Grotto continue its ministry of being a place of peace, prayer and natural beauty for all people.


Col. Christopher Blanchard, Executive Director of The Grotto, lights candles in the cradles during The Grotto's closure.

Click on the video and take a moment to relax and experience the serenity of the sanctuary.

Today, enjoy the scenic Upper Gardens, where you find St. Anne's Chapel, the oldest structure at The Grotto.

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, take a walk to the Rose Garden, located next to the Monastery, where the statue of the Assumption of Mary glows in the early morning light.

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.

The Servite Friars (from left to right)

Father Vidal Martinez, OSM, Rector: FatherVidal@thegrotto.org
Father Ignatius Kissel, OSM: FatherIgnatius@thegrotto.org
Father Leo Hambur, OSM: FatherLeo@thegrotto.org
Father Edgar Benedi-an, OSM: FatherEdgar@thegrotto.org
Bible Study Livestream

Saturdays: 9:15-10 a.m.

All are welcome to the weekly Bible Study Livestream with Fr. Edgar Benedi-an, OSM. For more information, please click the button below.