Seven Nights of Lights
More than 850 shimmering lights will line the outdoor Rosary Portico surrounding the Franciscan Monastery from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. In an annual Christmas Eve tradition, the Franciscan friars blessed the luminaria on Christmas Eve and the rosary will be prayed daily at the portico, 11:30 a.m., from Christmas to Dec. 31. All are welcome.
The luminaria (candles) symbolize a welcoming path into our homes and hearts for the Holy Family. The monastery also has a life-size replica of the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem that marks the place of Christ’s birth. Just before midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, the baby Jesus will be carried in procession to the manger, where he will remain until Epiphany. The grotto may be visited as part of the regularly scheduled church tours.