Saturday, September 8, 2007

Strolling through Marian Valley

Here is my last posting of our visit to Marian Valley and this posting feels more like a stroll through this beautiful place dedicated to Our Lady. Just past the church is the start of the life size Stations of the Cross that wind there way down one side of the valley...

This is just the most fabulous place to take the family and follow the Stations during Lent, Good Friday or any time.

The Stations let you really 'walk' with Our Lord during His passion, death and resurrection.

When the Stations are done in a public group with Father, they have a large cross that pilgrims that in turns carrying all the way to the end of the valley.

And it ends beautifully with the resurrection!

Just wandering down through the valley....

There is always a shrine to stop at...

A view to savour....

A memory to create....


The Eucharist Procession starts from the church and winds it's way down to the Fatima shrine where they have an altar for benediction and seats for the pilgrims.
We respectfully watch and pray as Jesus and Father pass...and then join to the back of the procession.

At last we make it to the Fatima shrine.

It is a perfect finish to each feast day.
St Joseph's shrine is particularly peaceful and serene in the afternoon with the shade coming across.


Goodbye, dear St Joseph, thank you for prayers answered, until we come again - we love you!!

6 comments:

Moonlight in Vermont said...

Wow! It is so beautiful! I just love those moments in life...a taste of heaven:)
Blessings,
marianne

just another day in paradise said...

What a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing these pictures. I love it.

Julian said...

Hi Annie

Like you I am an Aussie. We live in Canberra and often go to the Pauline Fathers at Berrima near Sydney. Their monastery has shrines from each Catholic ethnic group and reminds me of the one near you. I think they run a homeschooling mass each month as well or maybe I have heard that a homeschooling group meets there each month. Glad to hear your husband got a job, good on him

Karnak

Surprised by Joy said...

Anne are the priest at this shrine Franciscans of the Immaculate by any chance?

Great pictures!

Molly

Anne (aussieannie) said...

No Molly, this shrine and it's sister shrine "Penrose Park" in the state of New South Wales, were founded by the Pauline Fathers. I believe they have come originally from Poland?

The father who is in charge of Marian Valley now, is a diocesan priest, I believe...

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

How wonderful..nice blog..God bless