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Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

3222 County Road 548, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, AL 35077-6360
+1 205-271-2917
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You must see to believe. The drive into the shrine is the beginning of the peaceful experience... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
Peace and Serenity and Beauty

We have been to the Monestary 3 times and visited EWTN, the television station broadcasting to the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Thibodaux, Louisiana
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Thousands of people journey to it every year, taking in an atmosphere of peace and serenity that engulf them as they approach the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. A long white picket fence leads visitors to the gates of the 380-acre property through which they see the Shrine. Mother Angelica, the Foundress and Abbess of the monastery, built the Shrine in the 13th century style, resembling the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. From the inlaid marble floors to the breathtaking nearly eight-foot monstrance, every detail of the Main Church leads the soul to contemplate the transcendent beauty of God. The Daily Conventual Mass with the Nuns is at 7 a.m., with Priests available to hear Confession after Mass. The Nuns chant the Liturgy of the Hours daily at 6 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 5 p.m. The Shrine includes a permanent display of full-size photographic images of the Shroud of Turin. The images stand eight feet tall in glass cases and are backlit for viewing. They are on display in the entrance of the Shrine’s Lower Crypt Church. Other sites to see on the grounds include: Castle San Miguel, which houses the El Nino Gift Shop, a conference room, dining facility, and hall that displays medieval armor and manuscripts; a year-round indoor nativity scene displaying life-like figures made by Fontanini in Italy; a replica of the Lourdes Grotto that rests alongside the Black Warrior River, which surrounds the Shrine property; and the John Paul II Eucharistic Center that offers tours Monday-Saturday at 10AM and 2PM. If you would like to bring a church, school, or family group on a tour or plan a catholic Pilgrimage, please contact our Pilgrimage Department.
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3222 County Road 548, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, AL 35077-6360
+1 205-271-2917
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You must see to believe. The drive into the shrine is the beginning of the peaceful experience. Love, love, love this place, and I'm not even Catholic! :)

Thank BDGunn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to the Monestary 3 times and visited EWTN, the television station broadcasting to the world twice. This is a holy peaceful place having beautiful buildings (the Shrine) and beautiful landscapes. It is a place where people of any denomination can find communication...More

Thank geoiii2016
Reviewed 21 August 2017

On a trip north from Florida, we stopped here and were so glad we did. We remembered Mother Angelica's TV show. The Shrine was such a peaceful and blessed place. The area is lovely and the church and other buildings planned with such care. We...More

1  Thank librarian73
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

The property is located on beautiful rolling hills of northern Alabama. The grounds are well manicured and the Italian styled buildings are beautiful. As you walk the property and especially in the Shrine you feel the presence and the glory of God. Morning Mass was...More

1  Thank Charles M
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Visited for the first time and was overwhelmed by the size and beauty of the complex. It is truly magnificent. A 10 mile drive off the interstate is well worth the drive. Inside the main church and the lower level church made you feel like...More

Thank ALA_Traveler52
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Wow, Wow and Wow. So beautiful and up-lifting. Would visit anytime I am in the area. If you get a chance do not miss this wonderful experience!

Thank 1331cbi
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

My husband and I and our 2 dogs visited the Shrine and we were amaze with the place and so thankful that we made it to Alabama despite of this tornado alerts in the Midwest states. Spiritually fulfilling. Inspiring story of Mother Angelica. Peaceful and...More

1  Thank mattaleck2003
Reviewed 19 May 2017

This is a magnificent Shrine Pilgrim site built by Divine Providence and the anonymous donations of five families. The grounds include the Temple of the Divine Child, enclosed Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration Monastery, Medieval style castle with conference room and gift shop, a year...More

Thank lldaly
Reviewed 19 April 2017

My husband and I have our most beautiful experience last week while doing a pilgrimage visit. The Shrine is so beautiful and peaceful and you know that it is a very holy place. Everybody that goes into the Shrine just has proper decorum and the...More

2  Thank mayettenaguitmd
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

It was great to finally see the Shrine in person. Enjoyed the beautiful grounds and was able to go to confession and say the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm with the sisters. Found some gifts at the shops for family members that would be difficult...More

Thank May H
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Response from prncess803 | Reviewed this property |
Bruce obviously does not understand how to show respect to various cultures. I have taken out shoes when attending a Chinese church. Some worship centers requires a head covering. And if a homeless person in rags showed up... More
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Response from RobertWLindner | Reviewed this property |
P.S. Atlanta rush hour traffic on the beltway is as bad as any. If you are driving to or from at rush hour, I would add another 1/2 hour - hence four hours. I NEVER drive through Atlanta in rush hour. I normally drive... More
13 February 2016|
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Response from Catherine G | Reviewed this property |
The earliest Mass I'm aware of starts at 7am and that is always the best one to attend