Whether you’re part of a group or on a personal quest to connect spiritually, St. Augustine welcomes all with open arms. Throughout the year there are special events and occasions to celebrate communally, such as the recent Canonical Crowning at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche. Those who missed the event are welcomed to visit the statue in the chapel, explore the sacred grounds and contemplate in peaceful surroundings, free of charge.
During the Christmas season, many families participate in “Las Posadas” (The Inns) festivities at the Shrine. As presented by the Historic Florida Militia, Las Posadas is a 16th century Spanish procession that commemorates St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary seeking safe refuge in Bethlehem where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine offers a guided tour “A Walk Through History” which gives visitors a behind the scenes view of private areas within the church, such as the choir loft, sacristy, confessional, baptistery, chapel and more. Learn the stories behind the stained glass windows, the Stations of the Cross, the bishop’s coat of arms in the rafters, the murals and the three burials within the church. Tours are Monday through Thursday at 3 p.m. and last about an hour.