Holy Week in the Ancient City

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February 23, 2021

History & Significance

You don’t have to be on a pilgrimage to visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios. As the site of the first Catholic parish Mass, the first Marian shrine, and the founding of St. Augustine, visitors will enjoy a welcome respite from the hectic world. Walk along the sacred grounds, and you will feel at peace as you meander along the garden paths and view the marshlands. Inside the little vine-covered chapel is a perfect opportunity to escape into the quiet and meditate.

It’s no wonder that, for decades, large numbers of clergy, religious and laity have made their pilgrimage to the Mission to see the Great Cross, attend services, and stop in the Chapel. If you’re planning on visiting the area during Holy Week, there is lots to do.

For over 400 years, mothers, fathers, family, and friends have prayed for Mary’s intercession here at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, Nuestra Señora de la Leche y Buen Parto – Our Lady of the Milk and Happy Delivery. Throughout its existence, the Shrine has remained a comforting place of prayer for mothers-to-be, for families, for special intentions, and for those seeking to strengthen their faith.

Events

Every Friday during Lent at 2:30 p.m. there will be the Stations of the Cross in the Main Shrine Church. On Palm Sunday, Mass will take place at 1 p.m. in the Outdoor Worship Area. During Holy Week on Good Friday at 7:30 p.m., there will be a LIVE Stations of the Cross & Passion Play. Holy Saturday at 10:00 a.m. there will be a bilingual Seven Sorrows Rosary on the Sacred Acre. On Easter Sunday, Mass will be held at 9:00 a.m. with the Bishop.

Whether you attend services at the Mission or on the beach, you’ll be able to celebrate the occasion safely outdoors and enjoy an Easter outdoor brunch with family and friends. Or, enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn of the Castillo de San Marcos which makes any event a memorable one. Now more than ever, it’s time to find your inspiration and share it with those you love.

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