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Shrine of the Holy Innocents

It looks like the Shrine of the Holy Innocents is open. While I was searching for information about Divine Mercy Sunday I came across this announcement from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception who manage the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. The property where it sits is called Eden Hill.

The new shrine is contained within the lower level of the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine — known best as the location of the Sacred Liturgy during Divine Mercy Sunday and other special events. The new shrine, said Fr. Anthony, is like “the womb” of the outdoor shrine.

“That’s why it’s hidden,” he said. “It’s a sacred place of prayer, mercy, and hope where the children are safe within the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“I know the Lord wants this,” he said.

Susan Wills, assistant director for education and outreach and secretariat of pro-life activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the shrine emphasizes a crucial role of the Church in ministering to those who suffer the most painful loss: the loss of a child.

A life-size statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe had just been installed days prior. Upon the wall were colorful glass tiles, which will soon contain a growing list of etched names memorializing children who died from abortion, through miscarriage, who were stillborn, or who died from any cause at a young age.

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