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In the darkened Basilica, the beautiful statue of this most special Mother glows as Mary tenderly cradles her
holy baby, Jesus.
This year, there may not be 10,000 roses around the altar, but there are still flowers at her feet - offered for all the intentions you have sent us, honoring your Mothers. We pray along with you for them and ask God to extend His grace for their protection.
Happy Mother's Day!
Photo Credit: Henry Baron
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Today is #GivingTuesdayNow! As brothers and sisters in Christ, let us join together to create an outpouring of gratefulness, generosity, community engagement, and philanthropy to support our Catholic community by #GivingCatholicNow. We ask you to prayerful consider a donation in support of our ministry as a house of pilgrimage and prayer to inspire in the faithful an ever deeper devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God and Mother of the Church → www.givingcatholicnow.org.
#GivingTuesdayNOW is a new global day of giving that takes place on May 5 to provide for the unprecedented need caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We invite you to follow your Catholic heart and prayerfully consider making a donation to your beloved parishes, schools, and ministries at www.givingcatholicnow.org. Join us in creating an outpouring of gratefulness, generosity, community engagement and philanthropy to support our Central Florida Catholic community by #GivingCatholicNow. Please enjoy this video from Mary Queen Of The Universe Shrine Catholic Church
On this Fourth Sunday of Easter, let us follow Him, our Good Shepherd, who leads us always to safety.
Here is important information from our Bishop and the Diocese of Orlando.
For the Eucharist we long to receive, let us act as the Eucharist we are.
Tomorrow, May 1st, as we celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, many, many people are out of work. In general, there is a feeling of anxiousness for all of us. So, let us pray together:
Dear Saint Joseph, you were yourself once faced with the responsibility of providing the necessities of life for Jesus and Mary. Look down with fatherly compassion upon us in our anxiety with our present inability to support ourselves and our families. Please help us return to work very soon, so that this great burden of concern will be lifted from our hearts and we are able to provide for those whom God has entrusted to our care. Help us guard against discouragement, so that we may emerge from this trial spiritually enriched and with even greater blessings from God. Amen.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
What a comfort it is to read these words of Jesus to Saint Faustina, and to receive the Divine Mercy He extends to all of us!
The concept of divine mercy in Catholicism is from the Hebrew word chesed, which in the Bible translates as "loving kindness", "steadfast love", "covenant faithfulness", "grace" and "great mercy".
A Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday to All!
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The Choir and Orchestra from the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Orlando Florida USA, under the direction of Dr. William Picher.
Jesus Christ is Risen Today - Alleluia!
Happy Easter to everyone! #easter #basilicaorgan #schoenstein #orlando #marysshrine
Today is the anniversary of the Last Supper. As Christ gathers with His disciples, it is first Sacrifice of the Mass, the first Eucharist, and the beginning of the priesthood.
For us, in our awareness of the Passion to come for our Lord, Communion on Holy Thursday is even more more moving - more powerful - as, at the end of Mass, we see our world and the altar stripped of color and light and the sanctuary left like a tomb.
This year, we invite all of you to join with us to receive Christ in Spiritual Communion, binding us together as one in God's Universal Church.
As we think about Jesus, teaching in the temple, and all the people who flocked to hear Him and be near Him, we can see why the "powers that be" began to see Jesus as a threat that must be removed.
Throughout this most important week, we invite you to feel the unbelievable strength of love which unfolds in the life of Jesus - a love that is stronger than violence and the powers of this world, a love that is stronger than illness or death, a love that reconciles and heals, that includes all of us, and changes lives.
A prayer to Mary, Mother of God, our Patroness, from Pope Francis
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God.
Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial,
but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
We pray for those who are suffering in the current outbreak of sickness that they might be healed, and for those who have died from this sickness in recent weeks. We pray for scientists, health professionals, public officials, and all who are serving the common good in this difficult and uncertain time, that they will be filled with wisdom and understanding. We pray that in times of illness our merciful and loving Father will strengthen our faith and trust in his goodness and divine providence and that our compassionate Father would touch all affected by the current outbreak with healing and peace.
The Basilica will not be having a Tenebrae service this year.
The Basilica gift shop is featuring unique gifts celebrating all things Irish for St. Patrick's Day. Pick up a copy of "Flames of Twilight", an exciting novel about St. Patrick, written by the Basilica's founding rector, Monsignor Harte, who just celebrated his 90th Birthday!
A "Springtime" Lenten message from Fr. Paul.
Greetings and God's blessings to you as the holy season of Lent begins.
What does that conjure up in your mind? In not so olden times, Lent was a season laid out for us, and a lean and lonesome season it was. It was described sometimes as “the season of the long face”.
Thank God there’s a different attitude these days. Lent is a challenging time, because it is a season of renewal – a “Springtime” that suggests something beautiful to us… new life.
Just recently, I began a period called “retirement”, which means that I will be celebrating Lent with you in a quieter place and not as the Rector of the Basilica. Like you, I will receive ashes on my forehead on Ash Wednesday and feel challenged to embrace the sign of our dying to the selfish self, and the opportunity to turn more perfectly toward God and toward others.
When people come to the Shrine of Mary, they speak of joy, of feeling renewed. That has certainly been my experience. The mission of Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine is to be an oasis of hope and a place that God’s people come to find renewed courage, to feel connected, in a renewed way, with Christ, with important people in life and to think about the bonds we have that really matter.
Mary prays for us during these days, that we might narrow the distance in our lives, if only a little bit – to inch closer to Christ in our thoughts, in our prayers, our love. I pray for you, that Lent may be Christ made real. And, with even greater emphasis, that Lent be Christ made near.
I will be thinking about you and praying for you. Your new Rector, not yet appointed, will need your support and your prayers, and he will want you to send your intentions and petitions to be prayed over here at the Shrine. They will be thought about every day during the holy season of Lent. As you send your petitions, perhaps you may consider sending a gift toward the ministry of the Basilica, as well.
May God bless you, always. May our Blessed Mother aid you in your relationship with her Divine Son, Jesus, and with your desire to connect your life and walk always more closely with Him.
Your brother in Jesus and Mary,
The Very Reverend Paul J. Henry
A Lenten message from Pope Francis.
reuters.com During Lent, Catholics are called on to give up something, like sweets. On Wedne...
The Magnificent pipe organ in the news!
orlandosentinel.com Why Steinmetz Hall doesn't have a pipe organ, and how Mary, Queen of the Universe got a special one.
Saturday, February 22nd is The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle.
Mary’s Shrine is a designated Minor Basilica, and the faithful who devoutly visit the basilica and within it participate in any sacred rite or at least recite the Lord's Prayer and the profession of faith may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions.
Catholics in the state of grace must:
Go to confession |
Receive Holy Communion |
Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father|
We invite you to receive ashes at Mary's Shrine, and attend Mass on this special day.
Ashes will be available throughout the day.
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Ash Wednesday Masses:
8:00 am|*9:30 am|*12:05 pm| 6:00pm *With Basilica Choir
We're getting excited about this upcoming concert.
Join us for this free concert featuring our "gargantuan" pipe organ!
orlandoweekly.com The University of Central Florida Symphony Orchestra is poised to play a concert in a very unique location next month, the stunning and even more...
Saturday, January 25th is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle.
In the courtyard of Mary's Shrine, before the three entrance portals to the main church, visitors will encounter St. Paul at the moment of conversion; an image cast in bronze as envisioned by the internationally renowned sculptor, Bruno Lucchesi.
The Shrine's beloved Fr. Paul Henry will be retiring at the end of January.
Father Paul has been with Mary's Shrine since 2011, and has served in the Orlando Diocese since 1968.
He's looking forward to spending time with his brother,
Fr. Peter Henry, and his family in Ireland.
His final Masses as the Shrine's Rector will be:
Saturday, January 18th, 6:00 pm Vigil Mass &
Sunday, January 19th, 9:30 am and 11:30 am Masses.
"I have loved every single day that I have come to work in this beautiful place. It has been a privilege to be a part of something so good and lovely, for God and for Mary."
- The Very Reverend Paul J. Henry
Sonic Blockbuster at the Basilica!
The “Organ Symphony” by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed live by
The University of Central Florida Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Chung Park, director Dr. William Picher, organ
All are welcome, no tickets required.
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 3:00 PM
Happy New Year!
There's still time to see the Shrine's creche and beautiful Christmas decorations in the church.
Sunday, January 12th is the last day to see the creche and decorations.
Mary statue with poinsettias
Christmas at Mary's Shrine
We have been busy preparing the Basilica for the Christmas season. Come visit the Basilica to see the Day Chapel transformed into a stable. Our tree is up and is the perfect background for your family's holiday photo. The Basilica's Museum is featuring the exhibit, "Christmas Traditions from the World."
Open to the public and free of charge.
Christmas Masses at Mary's Shrine.
Today is the feast day of our Lady of Guadalupe.
Come visit the Shine's beautiful mosaic in honor of the patron saint of Mexico. Visitors to the basilica often leave our Lady offering of flowers with their prayers.
More pictures from the Shrine's Magnificent Pipe Organ dedication. We were so glad to share this lovely evening with so many people.
"Our gratitude is boundless to all those who have believed and given. This project is funded by faith and by the love of sacred liturgy, and the belief that sacred music, as Pope Francis puts it, 'brings us into the experience of Heaven". This beautiful organ, like the Basilica itself, has been built in honor of Blessed Mother Mary, in the fond hope that, through it, our hearts would be raised in thanksgiving to the God who sent His only begotten Son to us". - Fr. Paul Henry
An article form the Orlando Diocese about the pipe organ dedication.
orlandodiocese.org ORLANDO | “We have come together to bless this new organ, installed so the celebration of the liturgy may become more beautiful and solemn,” said Bishop John Noonan just prior to blessing the new Schoenstein pipe organ at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Nov. 2...
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