The Blessing and Lighting of the Luminaria is Christmas Eve, 1 p.m., at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017. The lanterns will remain lighted through New Year’s Eve. Please visit, enjoy the beauty of the lights at this historic monastery, and spend time in prayer and thanksgiving. Merry Christmas!
Luminaria dedications are now closed so we can prepare the names for the candles.
Please join us for the blessing and lighting of the luminaria on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1 p.m., at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017.
Names also will be placed on a tribute page on fmgg.org, and remembered in the friars’ prayers.
About the Seven Nights of Lights
Participate in this annual tradition! Dedicate luminarias to be placed in honor/memory of your loved ones along the beautiful portico or in the Portiuncula Chapel at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C., from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve.
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The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild (FMGG) was established in 1998 with an original purpose of preserving the formal front gardens of the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC. In 2014, its mission expanded including the raising of produce to address food insecurity in the metropolitan Washington area. During the past eight years, it has raised more than 34.5 tons of fresh produce for donation to local food pantries and soup kitchens.
FMGG conducts operations year-round. Its volunteers start seedlings in the Franciscan Monastery’s recently restored 107-year-old, Metropolitan cast-iron-and-glass greenhouse for springtime transplanting in garden beds.
From 2020 – 2021, FMGG expanded the land under cultivation from three-quarters of an acre to two acres to help combat food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the pandemic has abated, inflation has driven food prices higher, making it harder for food banks to remain fully stocked. Additional information about the garden guild is available via email@example.com
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Our purpose is to preserve and promote the gardens at the Franciscan
Monastery of the Holy Land, and to support people in need in our community with produce grown in Fr. Francis’ garden, in keeping with the Franciscan tradition that God is revealed to us through his creations.
of the Holy Land
1400 Quincy St., NE
Washington, DC 20017