The story of the Milk Grotto told in an exhibition

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The story of the Milk Grotto told in an exhibition

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It is a place rich in history: this is the Milk Grotto, located near the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Custos of the Holy Land Br. Francesco Patton, ofm, said, "We know from Matthew's Gospel that an angel appears to Joseph in a dream and tells him to take Virgin Mary and the child with him and to flee to Egypt because Herod wants to kill them. According to a very ancient tradition, this is one of the places where Mary stopped to take care of the child, to rest and also to nurse him".

This cave is made of white rock. While Mary was nursing, a drop of milk fell on this rock making it completely white. The story of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph is joined by the story of many families who have obtained a grace here and have left stories of the miracles they have received.

Guardian of the Basilica of the Nativity Br. Luis Enrique Segovia, ofm, said, "Miracles are many. People sometimes come when they have difficulty having children. They come to pray to Our Lady, they bring this dust and in a room, we keep their numerous testimonies. Up to now, there are about six thousand testimonies that have arrived by mail". He added,"The idea is that pilgrims come here and can read the historical sources of the cave. It is above all the sources that we have researched at the Custody of the Holy Land, and it is information that will certainly help the pilgrims who come here a lot".

It is place full of history told from now on through twelve explanatory panels. All this so that pilgrims can get to know one of the places through which the holy family passed. It is a joy to be able to participate in this very special moment that is the opening and inauguration of this exhibition, which tells a little bit of this story, of what the Milk Grotto is and what it represents."

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 13:08
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