A Place To Meet Your Mother

The Apparition Oratory is an underground place of prayer located directly below the sanctuary of the Apparition Chapel. Quiet and humble, this oratory is visited by pilgrims every day who are looking for an intimate encounter with our Blessed Mother who hears their most earnest prayers.

The oratory was constructed to emphasize the experience of Mary’s presence on the Shrine’s sacred grounds. It revolves around Mary’s appearance near that location, allowing pilgrims the chance to connect with God through the intercession of Mary. It is also a gathering place of prayer intentions from pilgrims around the world, which are represented by the rows of candles lit in the oratory.

For those with disabilities, the oratory is accessible around the back of the Apparition Chapel near the outdoor stations of the cross.

Light a Candle in the Apparition Oratory

Surrounded by Saints

The Champion Shrine Reliquary

In addition to being a place for an intimate encounter with our Blessed Mother, the Apparition Oratory is also home to a multitude of Saint relics available for veneration behind the main crowned statue of Our Lady of Grace. On their Feast Days, each relic is brought up to the sanctuary of the Apparition Chapel for the day with personal veneration available for the hour following the 11am Mass. The Shrine currently houses the relics of:

  • St. Peter the Apostle
  • St. Paul the Apostle
  • St. Andrew the Apostle
  • St. Simon the Apostle
  • St. Matthias the Apostle
  • St. Barnabas the Apostle
  • St. Jude the Apostle
  • St. Philip the Apostle
  • St. Bartholomew the Apostle
  • St. Thomas the Apostle
  • St. James the Greater Apostle
  • St. James the Lesser Apostle
  • St. John the Evangelist
  • St. Matthew the Evangelist
  • St. Luke the Evangelist
  • St. Mark the Evangelist
  • St. Teresa of Avila
  • St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
  • St. Cecilia
  • The Hemlock and Maple Tree Wood that Our Lady appeared between

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