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A Stroll in the Sanctuary with Father Vidal

Join Fr. Vidal Martinez, OSM, Rector of The Grotto, for a daily walk in the garden. Enjoy photos and videos taken by Fr. Vidal, often during hours when the grounds are closed.

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Saturday, Oct. 31

Today, as the season nears its end, we take a peak at the last of the roses in the Rose Garden.

Friday, Oct. 20

Today, the sun shines through the trees and lights up the autumn leaves.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Today, Fr. Vidal encounters a coyote while on a walk. The Grotto is surrounded by a forest full of wildlife.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Today, visit the Statue of St. Jude Thaddeus.

This statue was installed in 1976. It is located in The Grotto Upper Gardens, and is one of the first statues you will see upon entering the gardens. It is surrounded by tall firs and flowering shrubs, next to the great lawn.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Today, Fr. Vidal takes us on a special stroll down a private access road at The Grotto.

Monday, Oct. 26

Today, experience the beautiful view from the Meditation Chapel in the Upper Gardens.

The Meditation Chapel rises from the north face of Rocky Butte, facing the panoramic vista of the Columbia River, which separates the beautiful states of Oregon and Washington. Mt. St. Helens looms in the distance. On a clear day, Mt. Rainier is also visible.

The chapel is 1,500 square feet in size, built of polished granite and glass walls. It was built in 1991.

When you are inside the building, you are physically looking out from the top portion of a large cross that is lit up at night. The cross can be seen from quite a distance as you travel South on I-205.

The chapel was built in memory of Marilyn Moyer as a gift to The Grotto from her husband, Tom Moyer, and the Moyer children. Recognizing her life-long devotion to the Blessed Mother, this chapel will remain forever a place where all may come for peaceful meditation.

Whether you choose to pray, to meditate, or to simply take a break and enjoy the view, the Meditation Chapel is a place of peace and quiet.

Sunday, Oct. 25

Today, experience the Upper Gardens at sunset, including the beautiful Via Matris (Way of the Mother) in the distance.

Stay tuned next week for information about lantern tours of the Upper Gardens at dusk during December.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Today, take a walk at sunset down the multicultural shrine path. Visit Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Lavang, Dambana and Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Stay tuned next week for information on lantern tours offered at dusk in December.

Friday, Oct. 23

Today, experience the spectacular sunset view from the Meditation Chapel, where you can watch the planes take off and land from Portland International Airport.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Today, the beautiful Via Matris glows in the early evening light. To learn more about the Via Matris, please click here.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Today, the greens of The Grotto are a feast for your eyes.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Today, walk a portion and view the spectacular surroundings of the labyrinth, located in the Upper Gardens.

Monday, Oct. 19

Today, spend a restful moment in St. Joseph’s Grove.

Sunday, Oct. 18

Today, listen to the glorious sounds of God’s creation, heard in the forest which surrounds The Grotto.

Saturday, Oct. 17

Today, enjoy the light coming through the trees as we take a walk down a private lane that leads to the Monastery of Our Sorrowful Mother.

Friday, Oct. 16

Today, go on a peaceful morning walk in the rain through the Via Matris (Way of the Mother) in the Upper Gardens.

Thursday, Oct. 15

Today, go for an early morning stroll down the multicultural shrine path. Visit Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dambana, Our Lady of Lavang, and Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Somehow The Grotto seems even more peaceful in the rain.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Today, take an evening walk to beautiful St. Anne’s Chapel in the Upper Gardens.

This small, chapel-like building honors St. Anne, the mother of Mary.
Built in 1934 to house the Blessed Sacrament during the first United State Marian Congress, it is the oldest building at The Grotto.

The building continued to serve as a chapel until The Grotto’s Chapel of Mary was built in 1955. Now, St . Anne’s Chapel houses numerous Madonna paintings from many countries.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Today, view the beautiful statues honoring Our Lady of Lourdes glow in the evening light. These statues are located on the cliff near the elevator to the Upper Gardens.

Monday, Oct. 12

Today, enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest in the sunshine … and in the rain.

Sunday, Oct. 11

Today, the Via Matris glows in the fading light.

Saturday, Oct. 10

Today, we celebrate all creatures great and small.

Friday, Oct. 9

Today, visit the Lithuanian Wayside Shrine in the morning mist.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Today, visit Our Lady of Czestochowa, the Polish Wayside Shrine located on the multicultural shrine path in the Upper Gardens.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Today, the evening light shines through the trees surrounding the Glorious Mysteries, located on the Mysteries of the Rosary path in the Upper Gardens.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Today, enjoy a stroll in the garden at sunset.

Monday, Oct. 5

Today, view Mt. St. Helens, an active volcano 52 miles to the north, as seen from the Meditation Chapel in the Upper Gardens.

Sunday, Oct. 4

Today, we look take a walk down the path of the Mysteries of the Rosary, which is located in the Upper Gardens.

Each decade of the rosary is given a unique quality. Each mystery leads us to ponder very specific events in the lives of Jesus and Mary, and the lessons they hold for our own lives today.

The Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation to Mary
2. The Visitation of Mary
3. The Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ
4. The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple
5. The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple
The Sorrowful Mysteries
1. The Agony of Christ in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. The Crowning with Thorns
4. The Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord on the Cross
The Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection of Our Lord
2. The Ascension of Our Lord
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles
4. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven
5. The Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth
The Luminous Mysteries
1. The Baptism of the Lord
2. The Wedding at Cana
3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. The Institution of the Eucharist

Saturday, Oct. 3

Today, hear the crunch of leaves as you stroll through the woods of The Grotto on a sunny autumn evening.

Friday, Oct. 2

Today, join Father Vidal for a restful moment in the Peace Garden.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Today, the beautiful shrine to Our Lady of Lavang glows in the morning light. This shrine is one of five shrines located on the multicultural shrine path in the Upper Gardens.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Today, while autumn is definitely beginning to show its colors, summer blooms can still be spotted here and there.

This hydrangea in the Upper Gardens can be found by the statue of St. Francis of Assisi. (Seen in the background.)

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Today, the early morning light shines through the forest.

Monday, Sept. 28

Today, take a stroll past the shrine to Our Lady of Lavang on our way to Dambana, the Filipino Shrine.

These shrines are two of five multicultural shrines located in The Grotto Upper Gardens.

Sunday, Sept. 27

Today, the beautiful statue of St. Francis of Assisi graces the Upper Gardens, followed by scenes from the woods, including a very acrobatic squirrel enjoying lunch.

The Grotto is not only a sanctuary of peace, but 62 acres of wildlife habitat in the middle of the city.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Today, enjoy the view from the Meditation Chapel at sunset.

Friday, Sept. 25

Today, the beautiful and serene St. Joseph’s Grove in the morning mist.

Thursday, Sept. 24

Today, the autumn leaves are beginning to burst with color.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Today, enjoy the view looking up at the trees of The Grotto as we truly stroll the sanctuary with Fr. Vidal.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Today, The Grotto’s gardens remind us that autumn begins today!

Monday, Sept. 21

Today, enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of five shrines located on the multicultural shrine path in the Upper Gardens.

Sunday, Sept. 20

Today, the lights of the Via Matris glow in the distance, in the evening light of the Upper Gardens.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Today, we welcome the much-needed rain, seen from the Monastery of Our Sorrowful Mother at The Grotto.

Friday, Sept. 18

Today, listen to the birds calling in the Upper Gardens, while the smoke from the wildfires still lingers.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Today, a playful squirrel reminds us of all the wonderful creatures sharing this beautiful world with us.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Today, signs of fall shine through the smoke that still lingers in the air from the wildfires.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Today, stroll through the Stations of the Cross path, located on the lower level.

Monday, Sept. 14

Today, view The Grotto in the smoke from the wildfires burning around the region. You can barely see the statue of Mary atop the cliff.

Sunday, Sept. 13

Today, take a walk through the forested Stations of the Cross path, located on The Grotto’s lower level.

The lower level is free to all throughout the year. Pets, properly restrained, are allowed in the outdoor areas of the lower level.

Saturday, Sept. 12

Today, the smokey air from the wildfires currently burning continues to surround the region.

Friday, Sept. 11

Today, the shrine to Our Lady of Lavang glows in the morning light.
This shrine honors Mary and her apparition to the faithful Vietnamese Catholics as they hid in the jungle during the final years of the 18th century to avoid persecution for their faith.

It is one of five multicultural shrines located on the shrine path in the Upper Gardens.

Thursday, Sept. 10

Today, view the smokey sky caused by the many wildfires currently burning across Oregon and the West.

This view is from the overlook, atop the cliff, directly above Our Lady’s Grotto and the plaza.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Today, the silhouette of Mt. St. Helens at sunrise. This active volcano is located 52 miles to the north of The Grotto.

Tuesday, Sept. 8

Today, Fr. Vidal shares scenes from the smokey windstorm that took place on the evening of September 7.

Monday, Sept. 7

Today, take a walk through St. Joseph’s Grove in the Upper Gardens.

Sunday, Sept. 6

Today, the view looking up … and the view looking down.

Saturday, Sept. 5

Today, hawks soar above the cliff as the sun sets.

Friday, Sept. 4

Today, the view from the Meditation Chapel at sunset features a plane landing, with Mt. St. Helens in the background.

Thursday, Sept. 3

Today, St. Anne’s Chapel, glows in the evening light.

Built in 1934 to house the Blessed Sacrament during the first United States Marian Congress, it is the oldest building at The Grotto.

Now, St . Anne’s Chapel houses numerous Madonna paintings from many countries.

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Today, encounter the glorious sunset from the Christus Garden.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

The first signs that autumn is on its way.

Monday, August 31

Sunday, August 30

The sun rises behind St. Francis, St. Joseph, and the evergreen forest which surrounds The Grotto.