We thought readers would be interested in this Brookland tradition, starting Thursday December 24, (Christmas Eve) at 1:00pm. The friars at the Monastery will light 1,000 candles dedicated to individuals for whom prayers are offered, and the candles will stay lit through the 7 nights from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. All are welcome to this event, which is a great way to kick off Christmas. Even if you are not religious, strolling the monastery grounds and reflecting on the candle lights during the 7 nights provides a peaceful respite. Here are some pictures we took of the luminarias last year – each luminaria bears the name of a loved one for whom it is dedicated.
For more information check out the event page on the Monastery’s website. Also, here is a rundown of more Christmas events taking place at the Monastery:
- Dec. 24, 1 p.m.: Blessing and lighting of the luminaria
- Dec. 24, 5 p.m.: Christmas Vigil Mass
- Dec. 25: Midnight Mass (music begins at 11:30 p.m.), followed by a procession to the Nativity Grotto, where the infant Jesus will be placed in the manger. The grotto, below the church, is a full-size replica of the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem that marks the place of Christ’s birth.
- Dec. 25: Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 noon
- Dec. 27: Rosary at the luminaria, 1 p.m.
The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE 20017.