Friday, September 25, 2015

Knotted Grotto in Honor of Pope Francis' Visit

Blessings from Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families!!  As you may have read in earlier posts 9 children and 4 adults are here representing the Children's Rosary.  The children have been helping to run an informational booth about the Children's Rosary at the World Meeting of Families.  In between our time at the booth we have been visiting the Adoration Chapel at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.  They have had perpetual Adoration all week beginning last Sunday evening.  
As one enters the Basilica Chapel for Adoration, one passes through a most beautiful Knotted Grotto inspired by the painting of Mary Undoer of Knots. As a special gift to Pope Francis who will celebrate Mass at this Basilica tomorrow morning, thousands of intentions have been woven into this grotto.  Each intention knotted together.   Many of those that wrote the initial intentions were children and the homeless from the area.  These intentions were joined by many added by pilgrims visiting from around the world. Thousands if not millions of people have flooded into Philadelphia for this historic week. 

It is breathtaking to see this Grotto with so many intentions from people traveling here from around the world and also those who call this city home.  

Dear friends, please know we prayed for you all in Adoration and included you in this Knotted Grotto. Asher is holding a ribbon which reads: for the intentions of the members of the Children's Rosary.  Another ribbon that was tied on read: for all the members of the Children's Rosary. A third ribbon which was added to the Knotted Grotto was for the intentions of Our Blessed Mother.  

Having attended Mass this week at the Cathedral it was beautiful to hear that during Mass the intentions placed in this Grotto were being lifted up in prayer. There is a hope that tomorrow Our Holy Father will walk through this Grotto as he enters the Cathedral and pray for these intentions.

Thank you for all of your prayers and please know we are praying very hard for you here.

Other posts you may enjoy
Welcome Video to Pope Francis from the Children's Rosary 
How to Start a Children's Rosary

Tears of Joy

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