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Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

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Address: 3222 County Road 548, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, AL 35077-6360
Phone Number: +1 205-271-2917
06:00 - 21:00
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Sun 06:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 21:00

Thousands of people journey to it every year, taking in an atmosphere of...

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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A Most Moving Experience

I went to the Shrine for the first time as part of a group pilgrimage. There are several buildings at this site including a Castle, the Church, a cave-like building with a creche... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to the Shrine for the first time as part of a group pilgrimage. There are several buildings at this site including a Castle, the Church, a cave-like building with a creche and a St. John Paul II exhibit. The grounds are peaceful and you could feel a holy presence while walking from site to site. The church itself... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Good place to visit. Beautiful Shrine and peaceful. The gift shop is large and the staff is pleasant.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

This complex located in a vast expanse of land driving to the shrine,castle,and buildings is beautiful. Everywhere you look you will see beautiful scenic views and incredible architecture with so many details it's hard for the eye to capture it all. To enter the main church your attire is restricted to no dresses above the knee,no sleeveless shirts and no... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

What an experience to hear the story of how and why the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament came about. To get the complete story it is necessary to take a tour. To feel immersed in the presence of God, take time to sit in the chapel. What a holy place. Make sure to visit the gift shop, one o... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

I just returned from a three (3) day retreat at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. It was a great experience; a prayer- and grace-filled retreat. This year I had a chance to visit the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto which is a replica of the one in France. I also visited the St. John Paul II Museum. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

This was actually our second trip to the Shrine, but last time was on a Sunday and we were only able to go Mass. This time we took the free tour, which is a 50 minute short tour of the crypt church, Upper Church and courtyard. We also got the chance to go through the holy door, and receive a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

One would not expect that such a place exist in rural Hanceville, Alabama. This site will not stand lesser than pilgrimage sites in Europe. Too bad we are not allowed to take pictures of the inside of the main church and the lower church. It was incredible. You must see it for yourself. The building of this place was inspired... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

This is one of the most awe-inspiring places that I have ever visited. The Shrine matches some of the most beautiful cathedrals that I have visited in Europe. One would never imagine that something of this magnitude would be found in Hanceville, Alabama. Simply said DO NO MISS SEEING THIS. The story of Mother Angelica and her vision to build... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Visited this place. Was told I couldn't wear my shorts in the chapel. No services were being conducted, and I can wear the same appropriate shorts in my church. Last I heard, Jesus never denied anyone access to worship or to visit a church. No thanks, I'll step outside and dust my feet off from those people. Trees are known... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Even the drive up to the Shrine was enjoyable. Beautiful white fences line the road on the property up to the shine. For those religiously inclined this is a must visit. The church was stunningly beautiful. A wonderful gift shop can be found in the "castle building".

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