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The Resurrection of Christ – Icon Reflections

Categories: Liturgical, Other

The Icons of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

The Icons of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii provide us with a rich resource for prayer, and a way to encounter Christ; Mary, the Mother of God; and the Saints depicted more deeply.  We invite you to view this image of The Resurrection of Christ, then to reflect on the scene more deeply and prayerfully.  We hope that your prayers are deeper, we also hope that through deeper prayer your faith is strengthened.

Icon reflections provided by Dan Ruscu, a professor of Greek Catholic theology and a member of Pietre Vive’s International Board.

Please click on the link below to hear a recorded reflection on this icon (please enter ‘full screen’ mode).  Thank You.

Christ is Risen!   He is Risen indeed!   Alleluia!

Just One Little Candle

Categories: Homepage Feature, Liturgical

We invite you to let us light – Just One Little Candle – in The Shrine!

We ask you to kindly start by by making a candle donation by clicking here.

You will be asked to provide the intention or memorial for the candle as part of the donation process.  Candles will be lit immediately before the 8:30 A.M. Sunday Mass; for Intentions and Memorials received by Friday 3:00 P.M.  The intentions or memorial will be included as part of the Prayers of the Faithful Intercessions.  The candle will remain lit in the Shrine’s sanctuary for approximately seven days.

Thank you.

Why Are Statues Covered in Purple

Categories: Liturgical, Other


Sunday, March 21, Fifth Sunday of Lent.  As you enter The Shrine on the Fifth Sunday of Lent you will see that all statues and images are covered or veiled in purple cloth.

It is an ancient custom of the Church to veil images during the time of the Lord’s Passion. Many Churches in the world continue this custom today.

It is an act of fasting – not from food or meat, but an act of fasting for our eyes. Our eyes are not given the pleasure of the sacred images for two weeks. At Easter, we again will feast our eyes on the beauty of the art that enhances the Shrine.

It calls all who enter the Shrine to enter inward to the heart, contemplating the great gift of the Lord’s Death and Resurrection. Without any other focus, we are called to remember the central mysteries of our redemption during this holy time.

It creates an environment of penance and royal hope as we anticipate the reawakening of the Alleluia at the Easter Vigil.

It can be a reminder that our lives are to be hidden in Christ, and find their only meaning in His Cross.