Sunday, 30 April 2017

Our Sorrowful Mother Grotto

The Blumenfeld and District Heritage site is home to
Saints Peter and Paul Church & Cemetery, a Settlers
Memorial Cairn, an outdoor Stations of the Cross,
an outdoor altar and Our Sorrowful Mother Grotto.
This post will focus on the grotto only.

A grotto is often referred to as a shrine.

Grottoes are not commonplace structures in this area
so this was an unexpected and rewarding find.  It is
constructed of fieldstone and cement and topped by
a wrought iron cross.  Terraced steps lead to the
shrine which features an enclosed pietà of the
Virgin Mary holding her Blessed Son Jesus
after the crucifixion.

It is also known as Our Lady of Sorrows Grotto
and was built in 1936 as a plea for rain during the
drought of the thirties.  It is the destination of an
annual pilgrimage.

This heritage site is located on the open prairie
southwest of Prelate, Saskatchewan and is
visible for many miles.

Grotto photographed on March 19, 2017.

Prelate, Saskatchewan, church, grotto, cemetery, Blumenfeld

Prelate, Saskatchewan, church, grotto, cemetery, Blumenfeld

Prelate, Saskatchewan, church, grotto, cemetery, Blumenfeld

Prelate, Saskatchewan, church, grotto, cemetery, Blumenfeld

Prelate, Saskatchewan, church, grotto, cemetery, Blumenfeld

Prelate, Saskatchewan, church, grotto, cemetery, Blumenfeld

Prelate, Saskatchewan, church, grotto, cemetery, Blumenfeld


2 comments:

  1. Interesting post! I've never seen anything like that.

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  2. Thank you for your interest, Jenn. It's an unusual structure for the prairies. I know of only one other, and much smaller, grotto in the surrounding area. I'll post some photos of it in the near future. Cheers!

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