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Experience the Holy Land Near Home

Experience Calvary, Christ’s burial and the Resurrection at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. The historic monastery includes full-size replicas of the Grotto of Gethsemane, anointing stone and tomb of Christ. On Good Friday, an outdoor Way of the Cross will be held at 3 p.m. and the Burial of Christ at 8 p.m. The monastery is at 1400 […]

Palms Burned to Make Ashes for Ash Wednesday

Release: February 25, 2014 Media contact: Susan Gibbs, 202.525.9554 and susan@gibbsmediaworks.com The friars at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land (www.myfranciscan.com) will burn palms this Sunday to make ashes for Ash Wednesday, March 5, which marks the start of Lent this year. Ashes will be placed on parishioners’ foreheads in Catholic churches around the world that day in the […]

Lenten Activity

Experience the Holy Land Near Home Experience Calvary, Christ’s burial and the Resurrection at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land this Lent. Developed as a pilgrimage site for those who cannot travel to the place of Jesus’ Incarnation, the historic monastery includes full-size replicas of the anointing stone and tomb of Christ. Outside, visit the Grotto of Gethsemane and […]

Week of Christian Prayer for Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will begin with Evening Prayer, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. The theme is “Has Christ Been Divided?” (1 Cor 1:17). Bishop Richard Graham of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will speak. Music will be provided by the choir of the Lutheran Church of […]

Suspicious Cheese Lords Christmas Concert at the Monastery

The Suspicious Cheese Lords will hold a Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, where they recorded their last CD. Music from this DC favorite, a male a cappella ensemble, will include sacred Renaissance music by Jacob Handl, Leonard Paminger, Thomas Crecquillan, Gregorio Turini and a selection from Paestrina’s Missa O […]

Dec. 8 event – Music at the Monastary

Enjoy “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” a concert of sacred with the Ron Freeman Chorale on Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m., at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. Selections will include Christmas motets by Poulenc; Ave Maria by Honley and music from Bach, Buxtehude and more. Suggested donation of $10. The monastery is located at 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, […]

Christmas Begins at the Monastery

This Advent, tour the Nativity Grotto – a full-size replica of the Shrine in Bethlehem that marks the place of Christ’s birth – at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. Then join the friars and their helpers on Christmas Eve, 1 p.m., for the blessing and lighting of nearly 900 luminaria lining the monastery’s outdoor rosary portico. Enjoy the […]

Nov. 18 event – Bishop Knestout at Friars & Friends

Bishop Barry C. Knestout will lead a conversation on Christus Dominus (Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church) at the final “Friars & Friends Revisiting Vatican II” session on Monday, Nov. 18, 7:15-8:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to read the text (at vatican.va) in advance. Friars & Friends, a Year of Faith event, is held in the […]

Nov 14 event – “Singing Friar of Assisi” Comes to Washington, DC

Franciscan Friar Alessandro Brustenghi, the “singing friar of Assisi” will be in concert for one night only on Nov. 14, 7 p.m., at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. The only friar in the world to have a recording contract with a major studio and a nominee for Best Classical Album of the Year, the 35-year-old tenor will sing […]

Bishop Madden to be Honored by Holy Land Franciscans

Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden will receive the Grato Animo medal from the Custos, or superior, of the Franciscans in the Holy Land during a benefit dinner on Saturday, Nov. 16. The award is in recognition of his commitment to bettering the lives of Christians and other peoples in the Holy Land and of the Franciscan mission in that region. […]

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