One thing that struck me is that both in the crypt chapel and in the main church the statue of Our Lady was done in the fashion of Our Lady of Lourdes... but that is not how she appeared on the site. There is a statue done that is between the church and chapel that is done with "a yellow sash" which would be what she looked like that day in 1859.
What seems clear is that eventually a new church will be built. I would donate only after seeing the plan. It could be the splendor of America or another Crystal Cathedral. I really don't know what to expect.
You will see that the windows in the main church appear identical in design to St. Norbert's Abbey which is too bad. I don't know how many chapels have been on this site but there are a few magnificent stained glass windows in the crypt chapel that appear to be from an older church. If there are pictures of a previous church, I'd love to see them but I think they might be even smaller.
We went on Sunday morning but went to the Institute for Mass(Mass at the Shrine wasn't until 11 and we wanted to get back). Buuuut, as you may know the Fathers of Mercy are now taking care of the Shrine and there were kneelers setup in the front of the church - possibly to receive communion kneeling. That would be fantastic.
It's a peaceful sight, I would have liked to spend the whole day there. Oh, and I think I saw that they will be having a Mass in honor of the anniversary of the apparition in October. I will be going. Enjoy.
|"A piece of the Blessed Virgin Mother''s veil" !!!!!!|
|A second class relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary?!|
|Original windows before St. Norbert's got their hand on the church?|
|Seer Sr. Adele Brise ... it's just kind of there, next to the church, by an exhaust vent.|