Mary Queen of the Universe National Shrine

Holy Door of Mercy Mary Queen of the Universe National Shrine, Orlando, Florida.  
(To see a close up of the doors click here.)
  Yesterday I was blessed to visit this beautiful shrine of  Our Lady.  As I have mentioned in previous posts I  been visiting my dear friend in Orlando and I had asked her how close the shrine was to her.   Dottie had never been to the shrine herself and was happy to take me there. I was anxious to first visit the shrine and then to walk through the Door of Mercy located there.  
  The doors to the basilica are beautifully carved.  They depict scenes from the life of Christ, Mary and tell stories from the Old Testament.  Catholic churches around the world have been designated to have special doors denoted as Doors of Mercy during this Extraordinary Year of Mercy in the church and are pilgrimage sites for the faithful.  
  Confession is offered daily and Mass is said twice daily.  I met the most wonderful priest, Fr. Richard Tuttle.  He is a retired professor from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  After hearing my confession we sat and talked for quite a while.  Whenever I visit a shrine I usually obtain a rosary from the gift shop.  I finally got my Irish rosary and stopped back to have Fr. Tuttle bless it for me.  
  I came away with the most wonderful peaceful feeling I have ever felt.  
  Here is a link to information on the Doors of  Mercy and a world wide list of which churches are paticipating.  Holy Doors of Mercy
  After we spent such a lovely day at the shrine.  We were off to Animal Kingdom for a cast preview of new features that will only be seen at night.  Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the park will be open until 11 PM.  There were shows, parades, a night safari and a new light feature displayed over the tree of life in the center of the park.  We had ice cream and two more rides on the Everest roller coaster.  We had one good time.  🙂

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