Many Marian Helpers are choosing to have their personal intentions remembered in a special way on Eden Hill. It has become a reality for them through a Light of Remembrance.
"So many of our Helpers are touched by this new program," said Fr. Dan Papineau, MIC, Rector of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. "When they come on pilgrimage, they enjoy the act of going down to the peaceful grotto (modeled after the beautiful grotto in Lourdes) and lighting a candle there. But then, after they leave, they would like to know that when that candle goes out, their prayer will still be remembered.
"This new program brings that sense of consolation to many of them," he says. "Our Helpers appreciate that, through this program, a votive light will burn for them in our candle shrine even after they have returned home. And for those who aren't able to visit, their votive light reminds them of their presence with us in prayer in this holy place."
When you participate in this program, you actually receive a double blessing. For while your intention is remembered in this special way, your offering also helps Fr. Dan and his fellow Marians maintain the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, so it can serve as a spiritual haven for the thousands of pilgrims who visit each year.
Even people who cannot visit this holy place can share in the blessing. Through this program, they, too, at least in spirit, can participate in the grace and mercy God grants to the Shrine and its many pilgrims.
In gratitude for your gift of $250 or more:
-- Fr. Dan will personally light the first candle for you and your intention.
-- He will also call to thank you and let you know when your first candle is lit.
-- Your name, or the name of a loved one, will be etched on the glass globe that surrounds your votive light.
-- Your prayer petition will then be placed in the sanctuary of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, so our priests can remember it at Holy Mass throughout the year.
-- You will also be remembered during the Perpetual Novena to The Divine Mercy. The Novena is offered daily at 3 p.m., while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored.
-- Your name (if you would like) will appear in a future installment of this page, "Remembered on Eden Hill."
Consider joining other Marian Helpers in this new program. Your Light of Remembrance will burn as a constant sentinel of prayer for your intention here on Eden Hill. Its warm glow will remind Fr. Dan, his staff, and the many pilgrims who visit of your loving support. And you will have the assurance of knowing that your petition is going to be remembered every day of the year.