The Virgin Mary is a very prominent figure in the Catholic church. Many Christians go to Catholic shrines, as a way of showing their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. These include different places where the apparitions of the Blessed Mother are said to have occurred. These shrines even draw fascination from even the non-devotees because of the mysticism that surrounds them. Most people have attested that these sites are miraculous because they have been touched by the presence of a supernatural and holy being. Let us at some of the most popular Catholic shrines near Boston.
La Salette Shrine located Attleboro, was first opened in 1953 in commemoration of Blessed Mary’s apparition in 1846, in La Salette, France. During Christmas, this shrine is graced by more than 750,000 visitors from all over the world who come to see more than 300,000 lights that decorate one of that region’s largest holiday displays. All year-round this shrine is worth visiting due its many flowering gardens, stations of the cross and Holy Stairs. There are 11 ethnic groups who observe their special days here at this shrine. There are all kinds of retreats, services, daily Masses, and as well as a cafeteria and a gift shop.
Madonna Queen Shrine
This Shrine was first established by the Don Orione Fathers in the year 1954, and it overlooks Logan Airport. The shrine was built to fulfill the desires of Don Orione, for works of charity and there would be works of faith. The statue of Blessed Mary which is 35-foot-high was built by an Italian-Jewish sculptor by the name Arrigo Minerbi free of charge, as a way of thanking Don Orione Fathers for protection against persecution by the Nazis.
You can think of this as a pilgrimage. This Shrine located on Isle La Motte, Vt, sits picturesquely on the Lake Champlain and is a place of peace and tranquility. Rustic grottos and stations of the cross dot the pine-laden ground , and for outdoors folks, they have a camping area for pilgrims.
Joseph the Worker Shrine
This shrine in Lowell was the first parish to be established in the city in the hope of serving French-speaking Canadian immigrants who worked in the city’s mills. The shrine is graced by many people all year round with approximately 100,000 people a year.
Lady of Fatima Shrine
This Shrine in Holliston is said to have the biggest rosary in the world, being 900-foot-long, with a blessed string of boulders, well fastened by a marine chain and then tethered to an anchor.The shrine also includes Calvary Hill, stations of the cross, Madonna Hill, a grotto, a peace angel and a cemetery,
Going to Catholic shrines is not a new concept altogether. Many people have been going to these shrines for a very long time. Previously, those who wanted to go went in a group with the view of making their spiritual journey secure and safe. As of today, you may wish to go alone or in a group. If you want to go to a Catholic shrine, find an agency or a tour operator that will help you in every way they can to make a meaningful trip for you.