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Fatima Shrine on Christmas Eve

by Paul Saulnier
December 26, 2018

Fatima Shrine on Christmas Eve


Encore presentation of December 24, 2010 article.

Walk the grounds of Fatima Shrine on any night, but especially on Christmas Eve, and experience the transformation.

The lights, the music, and the ambiance will relax even the most harried among us.


The display will continue until December 27, 2015. For information on Fatima Shrine or directions, go to:


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Comments (5)

Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures. Being in Florida for the winter,I miss the beauty and peacefulness that is the Fatima Shrine. Seeing it in all it's glory warmed my heart. Thank you so much.

- Norma Kittredge | 12/27/18 11:15 AM

Thank you, Paul! The job was nicely done as usual. There are new things going on at the Shrine, fair trade hot chocolate and coffee served in the hall this season and can be purchased in the gift shop all year as well AND IT'S GOOD!!!

Aside from the coffee and the lights, they are having a dance on the 4th Friday of each month. I am twisting Fr. Rocco arm to do this each week. For me, the best part is knowing I am making a difference buying coffee that is making a difference in the world.

My hope is that Square Dancing will be popular again and I will be there

- Jean Morrissey | 12/27/18 10:09 AM

The Festival of Lights will close tomorrow, December 27th at 9PM, not January 2nd. Please note and come to enjoy the lights either tonight in just a few minutes or tomorrow.

Fr. Rocco Puopolo,s.x. Shrine Director

- Fr. Rocco Puopolo | 12/26/18 5:28 PM

Thank you Paul for the great photos. For anyone

interested, National Geographic for December has a cover

story on Mary. The story is based on an exhibit from

last year at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

in Washington titled: Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother,


- Charlie | 12/19/15 12:15 PM

Thank you Paul for the outstanding coverage of Fatima Shrine. The lights will be on until Sunday, January 2 from 5-9 P.M. weather permiting. For those that visit, a bit of trivia: The slice of sequoia tree pre-dates our Christian era. The tree was a seedling in 400 B.C. and was cut in 1917, the year of the Appearance of Our Lady in Fatima. This means that this slice of the tree is over 2,300 years old. The zero marks the birth of Christ.

Our Holliston Rosary is believed to be the world's largest rosary. It is 950 feet long and weighs in at 300 tons. For 3 years in the early 1960s, Xaverian Father Oddo Galeazzi,searched quarries and abandoned gravel pits in eastern Massachusetts (excavated from the Milford-Hopkinton area during the construction of Interstate 495) as well as Rhode Island to find the right "beads". Each of the Hail Mary beads bears a copper plaque engraved with the words of the Hail Mary written in one of 53 different languages arranged in alphabetical order. There are the easily recognizable ones like English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish. But there are also the exotic tongues such as Aramaic (the language of Jesus), Old Arabic, Bengali, Inuit-Eskimo, Fijian, Samoan, Swahili and Tamil. The massive "Our Father" beads are about twice the size of the "Hail Marys."

Heavy links from the chain of a ship's anchor join each bead to form the decades that meet at the 18-ton granite "medal".

- Shirley Melle | 12/26/10 8:50 PM



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