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

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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Luminaria Order Forms Due Dec. 15

The deadline for ordering a luminaria is Dec. 15! Use this form to be a part of the 15th annual “Seven Nights of Lights.” Orders are due by Dec. 15. The names of your loved ones will be attached to a luminaria and remembered in prayer. This is a wonderful gift and tradition for the family.

Please contact us if you have questions.

Also, join us on Christmas Eve at 1:30 p.m. for the Blessing and Lighting of the Luminaria.

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2014 Luminaria Program

Join us for the 15th annual Luminaria program. More than 1,000 glowing luminaria candles will line the Rosary Portico, symbolizing a welcoming pathway into our homes and hearts for peace and joy this season.
Dedicate one or more luminarias in honor of your loved ones. They will be remembered in the friars’ prayers and during our daily rosary Christmas week.
Also, please join us in front of the Franciscan Monastery:
  • Blessing and Lighting of the Luminaria, Dec. 24, 1:30 p.m.
  • Daily Rosary, Dec. 26-31, 11:45 a.m.
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Remember Saint John Paul II in Your Garden

The Pope John Paul II rose, selected for the Vatican Gardens in his memory, is now available for your own garden. This white, citrus-scented rose plant, nurtured by the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild, may be pre-ordered for pick-up in mid-June. The $40 cost includes a commemorative prayer card and medal. Proceeds benefit the preservation of the historic gardens of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. Supplies are limited.

Click here for an order form



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