Lighting and Blessing of the Luminaria Dec. 24

Please join us at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE, for the Blessing and Lighting of the Luminaria (everyone gets to join in the lighting!). This annual tradition is back (after a year off in 2020) on Chriastmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1 p.m.

We hope to see you there! The lights will remain lighted through New Year’s Eve. Each candle will have the name of a loved one, remembered in the friars’ prayers throughout Christmas Week.

The names also will be posted on this website, on our luminaria tribute page, by Dec. 24.

Have a blessed Christmas!

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Luminarias are Back at the Monastery!

Donate luminaria for Seven Nights of Lights



“Seven Nights of Lights” is back at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America this year.

Donate luminarias in honor/in memory of your loved ones and their names will be placed on a luminaria placed at the Monastery from Dec. 24-31, 2021, listed on the Luminaria Tribute page on this website, and included in the friars’ daily prayers.

Also join us at the Franciscan Monastery (1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC) on Dec. 24, 2021, 1 p.m., for the blessing and lighting of the luminaria.

By donating a luminaria, you not only honor your loved ones in a special way, but you also support the care and preservation of the historic Monastery gardens, as well as the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s fresh farm program, critical to helping address hunger in our community.

Orders must be received by Dec. 18, 2021, so we can prepare the candles with your loved ones names.

Thank you for your support and have a Blessed Advent and Christmas.


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Sales now closed for our Spring Plant & Herb Sale

We are grateful to everyone who has shopped our Spring Plant & Herb Sale! We have closed orders so our volunteers can package your purchases for curbside pickup at the time selected when you ordered (this Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24).

If you were not able to shop with us this year, please consider making a donation to help us expand our produce donation program to local food pantries and food banks. Also, check back here or on Facebook for future activities. Thank you so much for supporting the Garden Guild.

Things are a little different this year due to pandemic precautions, with pre-paid, online sales and curbside pickup only, but for the first time, everything this year is Monastery-grown!


Curbside pickup for pre-paid orders is Friday, April 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the date and time selected at checkout.

Unfortunately, there will be no day-of/on-site sales this year. All orders must be made online.


The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild is a volunteer organization. We are dedicated to preservation programs for the historic Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land‘s gardens and 105-year-old cast iron greenhouse. Your purchase of monastery-grown produce and honey will go right back into supporting these volunteer programs and will help us grow more fresh vegetables for area food banks and pantries.

You will be able to select a pick-up time (but not change it due to social distancing). Pick up by car or walk-up is fine. Please follow the one-way signs to help us.

Consider a Donation

If you are not able to be part of the Plant & Herb Sale this year, but would like to support our volunteer program, we would be very grateful! Our goal is to harvest and donate more than seven tons of fresh vegetables from our garden and greenhouse in 2021. Donations will be put to good use and are tax deductible. Just click the garden sale link!

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