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Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

3222 County Road 548, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, AL 35077-6360
+1 205-271-2917
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I have been several times and spoke to a lot of folks that have been there. It is a great place to visit.

I went when it first was opened to the public and sat in the Church and the Marble and granite... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Randy A
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Hanceville, Alabama
The serenity of silence

My wife insisted I see this shrine as she had been some years ago. While passing through Hanceville... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TownsendTraveler
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Alabama
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Thousands of people journey to it every year, taking in an atmosphere of peace and serenity that engulf them as they approach the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. A long white picket fence leads visitors to the gates of the 380-acre property through which they see the Shrine. Mother Angelica, the Foundress and Abbess of the monastery, built the Shrine in the 13th century style, resembling the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. From the inlaid marble floors to the breathtaking nearly eight-foot monstrance, every detail of the Main Church leads the soul to contemplate the transcendent beauty of God. The Daily Conventual Mass with the Nuns is at 7 a.m., with Priests available to hear Confession after Mass. The Nuns chant the Liturgy of the Hours daily at 6 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 5 p.m. The Shrine includes a permanent display of full-size photographic images of the Shroud of Turin. The images stand eight feet tall in glass cases and are backlit for viewing. They are on display in the entrance of the Shrine’s Lower Crypt Church. Other sites to see on the grounds include: Castle San Miguel, which houses the El Nino Gift Shop, a conference room, dining facility, and hall that displays medieval armor and manuscripts; a year-round indoor nativity scene displaying life-like figures made by Fontanini in Italy; a replica of the Lourdes Grotto that rests alongside the Black Warrior River, which surrounds the Shrine property; and the John Paul II Eucharistic Center that offers tours Monday-Saturday at 10AM and 2PM. If you would like to bring a church, school, or family group on a tour or plan a catholic Pilgrimage, please contact our Pilgrimage Department.
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3222 County Road 548, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, AL 35077-6360
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went when it first was opened to the public and sat in the Church and the Marble and granite features are fantastic. To go the little shrine at the river was great! Seeing the beautiful pastures and buildings. All of the Nuns and Monks...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife insisted I see this shrine as she had been some years ago. While passing through Hanceville we made the short drive out into the country to see it. Once you begin to see the white fence you know you are getting close and...More

1  Thank TownsendTraveler
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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

This place is a haven for peace!! Set back from hurry and noise it’s a respite for our souls! The drive in begins your descent from the busy world we live in! Going through the gates, stepping out of your vehicle you can feel “peace”!...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We enjoyed a lovely morning and midday Mass at the shrine. The grounds are beautiful and offer an opportunity for quiet contemplation. The church is stunning and leaves one feeling the awesome wonder of Our Lord’s merciful love. The gift shop is super and items...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

A must see, especially for Christians and especially for Catholics. A beautiful and serene setting to see - plan on spending several hours as you walk around to see all of the sites and areas if interest. The shrine is beautiful with its upper and...More

Thank Monica R
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

It is amazing what a poor Italian Catholic nun from Ohio accomplished here in the deep south. This is one of the most peaceful and holy places that I've ever had the privilege to visit. Be sure to attend one of the daily Masses there...More

1  Thank Alan V
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

This place is amazing. There are numerous areas outside that have been made into a diorama of many scenes. Lots to read and view and even if you are not super spiritual you will find it interesting

1  Thank Joseph M
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Mother Angelica said she was told by infant Jesus to build him a Temple. This is her Temple and her dream is complete with certainly the most beautiful Catholic Church in the Southeastern US. Appropriate clothing is required for men and women. If you desire...More

2  Thank Wade H
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

The entire Shrine property is beautifully landscaped and filled with nooks containing statues, plaques and benches, ideal for rest and meditation. You drive in two miles from the main road passing fields and cow pastures and enter through the arched main gate. Park your car...More

2  Thank Laura H
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Beautiful and inspirational. Well kept grounds. Gorgeous Church open for prayer and services. Many places to meditate on these grounds. Nice book store also.

1  Thank Scibbs
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Birmingham. About 45 minutes. No shuttle
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Bruce obviously does not understand how to show respect to various cultures. I have taken out shoes when attending a Chinese church. Some worship centers requires a head covering. And if a homeless person in rags showed up... More
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Response from RobertWLindner | Reviewed this property |
P.S. Atlanta rush hour traffic on the beltway is as bad as any. If you are driving to or from at rush hour, I would add another 1/2 hour - hence four hours. I NEVER drive through Atlanta in rush hour. I normally drive... More
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