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Friday 23 March 2018

Visit to the Oratory of St. Joseph, Marie, Reine du Monde and St. Patrick's Church, Montreal

A mural of all nations seeking the intercession of St. Joseph, father and protector of all.  This mural is by the escalator that takes us to the main sanctuary of the Oratory on the central mountain of the Isle de Montreal.

Night view of downtown Montreal with the Cathedral Basilica of Marie, Reine du Monde (Mary, Queen of the World) seen on the lower left. The cathedral is a replica of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, built on a 1/4 scale i.e. 25% the size of St. Peters -- but still very large!

   St. Joseph's Oratory
The High Altar at St. Joseph's Oratory where we prayed with St. Joseph and St. (Brother) Andre of Montreal for those who are sick and recovering.  It is moving to be in this place of witness to God's healing power and the prayers of the saints.
Looking to the south shore of the St. Lawrence with Habitat for Humanity (Expo '76)  in the foreground.  Can it be 50 years ago that we went to the World's Fair?

  Other views of the Cathedral above

St. Patrick's is the parish church of the large Irish population in Montreal.  The St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17 is one of the largest in the world and the Archbishop of Montreal celebrated Mass in the presence of relics of St. Patrick (see on right) at 10 am on Sunday.

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