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Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Beautiful and inspirational. Well kept grounds. Gorgeous Church open for prayer and services. Many places to meditate on these grounds. Nice book store also.

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Reviewed 4 October 2017 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! :)

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

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 with God, as they know Him is facilitated by the atmosphere and surroundings. There are some attractions of a religious nature within 15 miles of the Monestary. The newest feature is a buuilding dedicated to John Paul II.

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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 were so impressed not only with the site, but also the staff we met there. We have been to other shrines that we enjoyed and felt so peaceful at--this one was one of the best.

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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 beautiful with the sisters singing. We toured the John Paul Eucharist Center, it is well done with many interactive displays. Our tour guide was also excellent. The combination of the center's visuals and guide's presentation made the Bible come alive from the fall of Adam to the Resurrection of our Lord. The visit is well worth the drive for all.

2  Thank Charles M
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