Family prayer museum opens 2021 competition to create Mary’s best garden

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. (CNS) – The Museum of Family Prayer in North Easton is now accepting entries for its second annual Mary Garden competition.

The competition began in 2020 to help families “find peace in quarantine at home,” said a press release announcing this year’s competition. “The response has been heartwarming. … A Garden of Mary is a great activity to share the Catholic Faith in a joyful and simple way, especially as families and individuals continue to watch the garden grow.

Participants can send photos of the Mary Garden they have created at home or at school.

The Family Prayer Museum encourages the creation of all kinds of gardens – traditional outdoor gardens, spaces with plants and flowers on porches, prayer spaces inside apartments or any sacred space used by individuals and families. to pray to Mary. A garden of Mary usually contains a statue or image of Mary.

Entries for the competition will be divided into two groups: private / home gardens and community / church gardens. The registration deadline is July 26. Entries can be submitted at https://www.museumoffamilyprayer.org/mary-garden-contest2021. More details about the competition can be found on the website.

“Building and maintaining a Mary’s garden is like welcoming the Holy Family into your home. It’s a way of expressing, in a physical sense, your understanding of Jesus’ love for his mother, ”said Father of Holy Cross Jim Phalan, National Director of Family Rosary, in a statement.

“As you create your Garden of Mary, you can be assured that Our Lady is satisfied; seeing the work of your humble hands, as his heart swells knowing that his desire to draw us closer to Jesus is manifested, ”he added.

Winning entries will receive prizes and be featured on the Museum of Family Prayer website, which is a member ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries.

The umbrella organization, sponsored by the Congregation of the Holy Cross, also includes Family Rosary, Family Theater Productions, Father Peyton Family Institute and CatholicMom.com.

What is now several ministries began with the ministry of Father of Holy Cross, Irish born Patrick Peyton (1909-1992). Its motto was: “The family that prays together stays together. Media pioneer Father Peyton is a candidate for holiness and was declared “Venerable” by Pope Francis in 2017.

The Family Prayer Museum is dedicated to its work to help families pray together with an interactive prayer experience using digital media for the whole family to live together.

The goal of the museum’s competition is to help families pray in their Mary garden “to connect with God in new ways and to receive His blessings; give individuals and families the strength and courage to deal with new situations and to love each other more gently and with compassion, ”the press release said.

“The Gardens of Mary are a devotion born in medieval times: walled gardens with an image of the Blessed Virgin in the middle, surrounded by all kinds of flowers, herbs and decorations to celebrate Our Lady,” noted Father Phalan. “The family is one of our greatest gifts from God. Why not pray together in a garden? It just might bring new joy and new blessings to your family! “

The Family Prayer Museum will honor the Top 10 Mary Gardens based on criteria such as colors, coordination, flower use, creativity, and overall design. Winners will receive a DVD of “PRAY: The Patrick Peyton Story”, a gift card and an assortment of gardening-themed and Mary-themed items.

Prayer resources, gardening ideas, and instructions are all available for free download from the Museum’s website.

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