"Your Shrine is our Nazareth"
Meeting by the Original Shrine, Schoenstatt
After a lunch break which most of the participant spent in Pilgerheim, the place around the Original Shrine was the meeting point for all of them. At 2.00pm, all of the women – many of them in Schoenstatt for the first time – gathered around the Original Shrine. They consciously united with the Holy Father in Nazareth and all those who anywhere in the world gathered around the Marian Shrines to celebrate 2000 years of Incarnation.
The Magnificat was sung. Father Rummel SAC, director of the Original Shrine, greeted the women and wished each of them abundant graces on this feastday of Incarnation.
The Schoenstatt Shrine – a New Nazareth
The short prayer service showed the Schoenstatt shrine as a New Nazareth for our times, as a chance to experience Nazareth in the own life. Nazareth means – to not plan and care only on one's own, but expect and experience God to come and become active in our lives. Nazareth means to rely on the words that Mary heard 2000 years ago: "For nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37) – not in our own lives, with the fears and imbalances, disappointments and pains.
Each woman had received an card with a summarizing prayer, and the picture of the Mother Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt printed on it, together with various pictures of women. How women experience the Schoenstatt shrine, became obvious in some testimonies of women who shared of finding a new home, peace, love, reconciliation, and a way homeward to the Triune God in this little shrine. Living in covenant with Mary, will help each woman to help our world become a place with a "plus" of dignity and beauty, justice and mercy, home and hope – a Beautiful Place. The prayer time ended with "My Queen, My Mother" prayed by more than 700 persons.