May 2015

In May, at Mary’s house in Nazareth

“All year long, in Nazaret is unique because of its special devotion to the Virgin Mary, its torchlight processions, its masses and the pilgrims passing through. But the month of May is special because even local Christians make pray rosary every day and there is also a mass that is greatly attended; the basilica is full of people; many parishioners are celebrating the month of May with the pilgrims who are passing through and also celebrating.” These are the words of Fr. Bruno Varriano, Guardian of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

Thinking about Nazareth and the Marian shrines of the Holy Land makes us think about those who keep protect these places—the Franciscan friars of the Holy Land—and we also think about their charism.

The Franciscan Friars take care of the most visited Marian sites in the Holy Land: the grotto of the Nativity and the Milk Grotto in Bethlehem; the Basilica of the Visitation in Ein Karem; the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and that of Nutrition. These places need help and support, especially the site of the Annunciation.

Make a gift to the Marian Shrines!

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