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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 March 1, 2013

Beautiful place to visit and to pray. I am Catholic but would recommend the Shrine to any Christian. Mother Angelica's book of how this all came about is a must on reading. We go to Florida and stop and stay the night at the Comfort Inn in Hanceville. We stop here going and coming home from Florida. Would also recommend the Comfort Inn in Hanceville because it is closer to the Shrine and very nice place to stay

1  Thank Kathy P
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

I can"t believe such a place exists in America----I'm Protestant and I LOVE visiting The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament! I've been 8 or 9 times since it's opening.

4  Thank BLChanel62
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

I travel past the Hanceville, AL exit over a dozen times a year and had wanted to visit the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament for a long time. On a recent trip to Pensacola, FL, my wife and I decided to make a side trip to the Shrine. It was even more beautiful than I had been told. The grounds were immaculate and well kept and upon entering the Shrine I felt that I was definitely in a very holy place. Not surprising, proper attire and silence was required of this sacred sanctuary. The Shrine provides proper attire, at no charge, for travelers visiting in sleeveless tops, jeans or shorts. Likewise, we of the Catholic faith believe in the true presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, therefore reverence and silence should always be observed in the presence of God.
There was a beautiful gift shop inside the Castle San Miguel on the grounds and all the personnel were most helpful and informative. An extensive selection of religious articles and music was available at reasonable prices.
A scriptural walkway reflected on the Old Testament which foretold His coming.as well as happenings during Christ's life. Other spots on the property commemorated the Ten Commandments, the Beatatudes, the Sanctity of Life and Mary, the mother of Jesus. The beauty and serenity of the surrounding countryside enhanced the magnificence of the Shrine and provided a perfect setting to pay homage to our Creator.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and are anxious to return with our friends and family.

2  Thank KevinT1
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed by life, I find a trip to Hanceville is in order. This beautiful cathedral and the grounds surrounding it are good for the soul. In a world where noise is the order of the day, it is wonderful to sit quietly in the cathedral where no noise is allowed! It is a great place to pray and find solace from God. The grounds surrounding the cathedral are just beautiful! We are blessed to have such a place in North Alabama. There is a Book Store/ Gift shop that is also located on the grounds.

2  Thank Arlene G
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Worth the trip. Makes you feel holy. DOn't wear shorts or jeans. Girls wear a shirt with sleeves. Say hey to the nuns

2  Thank ben-jam-in-done-that
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