IN THIS ISSUE
From the desk of
Fr. Louis Studer, O.M.I.
The Way of Lights
Christ is Alive...
Finding God in
Healing & Hope
Why Do We...
All events for the
Way of Lights will
be running from
November 15 to
To find out more about the Way of Lights, visit www.snows.org.
|Way of Lights|
Once again this year, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is bringing us the Way of Lights.
The Way of Lights is a Christmas light display that honors the true story of Christmas. Over 1.1 million lights are used in putting together this magnificent experience.
“You won’t find cartoons or Santa Claus. This is the only light display in the area which tells the actual story of the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Christ,” said Tom Mulhall, marketing director for the Shrine. “Plus, it’s a lot of fun.”
The fun and the wonder of this light display have drawn pilgrims to the Shrine for over 30 years. For many, it has become a family tradition. To ensure that there are enough events for the whole family, the Shrine offers a variety of activities.
Children swarm to the petting zoo, where they have a chance to feed and pet farm animals. Sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys are in the petting zoo, representing the animals most likely present during Christ’s birth.
For the truly adventurous, rides are also available at the petting zoo. Get a small taste of Mary and Joseph’s long trek to Bethlehem by riding on the back of a camel or a donkey.
Also this year, the Lego Christmas display returns with its inventive depiction of Christmas. More than one million pieces were used to create the life-size Nativity scene. The Nativity scene is constructed complete with wise men and manger animals. Other wonderful Lego creations will include a two-dimensional mosaic of the Blessed Mother and the Child Jesus, and a scale model of Bethlehem. And for creative pilgrims, a play area is available where people can build their own Lego creations.
At the Visitors Center of the Shrine, nine triumphant Christmas trees are on display. Local designers and florists were asked to create stunning Christmas trees in celebration of the birth of Our Lord. Their nine magnifi-cent trees warm the hearts of pilgrims during this magical time of year.
The Shrine hopes everyone can attend.
“The Way of Lights is a gift from the Missionary Oblates,” said Tom Mulhall.
This gift of celebration illuminates the Christmas miracle. From the lights and the animals to the Christmas creations and the trees, Christmas at the Shrine is a joyful and exciting occasion. Visit the Shrine this Christmas and receive this remarkable gift from the Missionary Oblates.