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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 16 November 2017

Mother Angelica said she was told by infant Jesus to build him a Temple. This is her Temple and her dream is complete with certainly the most beautiful Catholic Church in the Southeastern US. Appropriate clothing is required for men and women. If you desire closeness to the Divine, it is certainly there in Hanceville, AL. at the Most Blessed Sacrament Shrine.

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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

The entire Shrine property is beautifully landscaped and filled with nooks containing statues, plaques and benches, ideal for rest and meditation. You drive in two miles from the main road passing fields and cow pastures and enter through the arched main gate. Park your car and start strolling and exploring at your leisure. Or head to the immense building on the right for a daily schedule, bathrooms, and guidance from staff. This building also houses an amazing gift shop with a huge book section including quite a few titles in Spanish.

Words can’t describe the beauty of the altar in the main church and the exceptionally strong feeling that the living God is continually radiating out from the consecrated Host. You want to stay all day. The 7 am Mass is unlike any I’ve ever attended. It lasts an hour but you don’t notice the time passing. Stay afterward to see the screen above the altar lower to display Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Really, don’t miss this Mass.

For people of all faiths who believe in God, even if your belief isn’t strong, a visit here will surely soothe your mind and nourish your spirit. For those who have heard of Mother Angelica you will be amazed at what she built.

Be aware that there is no place to buy a meal, just a “church basement”-type kitchen area with good, plain coffee and a cold water dispenser. Disposable cups and it’s unattended so you serve yourself and leave something in a donation box. There is also a vending machine for candy and other snacks. (The property is protected by an armed guard service. Discreet, but they’re there.)

Thank Laura H
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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.

Thank Scibbs
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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! :)

Thank BDGunn
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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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