Easter Lily & Palm Cross Sale

The annual Easter Lily & Palm Cross Sale is here!


Lilies and palm crosses will be available for sale, and pre-orders can be picked up,  on Saturday, March 28 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday, March 29 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) in the Portiuncula Chapel, next to the historic Monastery church.

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Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
1400 Quincy Street, NE | Washington, DC 20017


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Annual Easter Lily & Palm Cross Sale is Here

It’s time to pre-order your Easter lilies and palm crosses! Then, just pick up your items on Palm Sunday weekend (March 28-29, 2015).

Simply download this order form, complete it and mail with your contribution to the easter lilyFranciscan Monastery Garden Guild, or drop it off at the monastery gift shop.


The lilies and crosses are beautiful for your home, as gifts, or as a donation in honor of a loved one to the Franciscan Monastery. Donated lilies and crosses decorate the church on Easter.

The price is just $9 each at the sale, $8 for pre-orders and just $7 when donated to the monastery for Easter.

If you are interested in volunteering to help set up the sale (on Friday, March 27) or decorate the church (on Saturday, April 4), please contact Eddie Purcell.


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Soap Making Workshop a Success

The first-ever Garden Guild soap making workshop was a success. Despite dire weather predictions, 18 people participated – both Garden Guild and community members.

The workshop included a presentation on the history of soap making, original soap recipes from the Library of Congress (circa late 19th century) and a soap making demo.

Thanks to Mark Brzozowski (soap team lead) and Joe Bozik for a great job. Plans are in the works for follow-up workshops with hands-on soap making.

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Soap-Making Workshop on Jan. 24

The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild is holding its first soap-making workshop on Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Guild volunteers will demonstrate hot process soap making and discuss soap making history and techniques. Participants will get hands-on experience.

This workshop is free and supplies will be provided. If you plan to attend or have questions, please email gardenguild@gmail.com.

The workshop will be in the Sacred Heart Conference Room at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017.

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Join us for the Blessing and Lighting of the Luminaria

Join us on Dec. 24, 1:30 p.m. for the Blessing and Lighting of the Luminaria.

In this Christmas Eve tradition at the Franciscan Monastery, the friars will pray over, then sprinkle the luminaria candles with holy water. Afterward, everyone present can help light the 1,000 candles!

The candles will remain lit through New Year’s Eve as part of the Seven Nights of Lights. We’ll pray for the individuals whose names are on the luminarias during the Rosary at 11:45 a.m. from Dec. 26-Dec. 31.



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