Healing Place to be Dedicated at Shrine

All are invited to the dedication of the Healing Place at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine near Bellevue, Ohio on June 2, 2017.

On Friday, June 2, 2017, the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus will dedicate the Healing Place at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine near Bellevue, Ohio.

The Healing Place was inspired by reflections by members of the Province on the spirituality of the Precious Blood of Jesus. That Blood was shed for the healing, forgiveness and reconciliation of all men and women. Our reflections led us to ask ourselves how we as members of the Society were offering help to victims of clergy abuse. This discussion led us to think of other victims of domestic abuse, bullying, of acts of violence around the world, and of the many wars that are being waged at this time.

The Healing Place is a labyrinth laid out at the foot of a large crucifix that was erected at the Shrine after World War I. The paths of the labyrinth are outlined in red granitite, like walking through a river of the Blood of Jesus flowing from that crucifix.

Labyrinths are found in many spiritual traditions and cultures around the world. Dating back to a time before Christ, they now have been incorporated into many Christian traditions. They were part of many European cathedrals in medieval times, such as the famous labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France, where Catholics who could not make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land were encouraged to walk the path of the labyrinth instead. Today, 21st century Christian pilgrims are rediscovering the use of labyrinths as another way to pray and grow closer to God.

The dedication ceremony will begin with a votive Mass of the Precious Blood at 11 a.m. EDT in the indoor chapel at the shrine. Following that all those attending will be invited to participate in a prayerful procession to the labyrinth for the dedication of the Healing Place, followed by prayers in honor of the Precious Blood asking for the healing of victims, and forgiveness for perpetrators of abuse. The ceremonies will close with a small luncheon.

All are welcome to attend. We ask that those who will join us for the luncheon let us know how many will be coming. Please email Fr. Leon Flaherty, C.PP.S., at before May 21 so that we can prepare enough food.