Saint Joseph’s Oratory is the largest church in Canada. It is one of the major tourist attractions here in the island of Montreal. This church is not only a place to attend a mass but also to visit its art museum and gardens located around the church.
Today I want to show you around the church.
You will be greeted by this monument at the gates of the church.
Below is the Basilica where the major masses are being held. They offer masses in both French and English.
Below is an area where you can offer your prayers to Saint Joseph. You can light a candle after putting your donation at the donation box.
I personally prefer this area to offer prayers whenever I visit here in Saint Joseph.
Another area to visit is the tomb of Brother Andre Bessette which is located just below the oratory’s main chapel. He was the one who founded the building of this church. His heart, which was stolen in 1973 and was recovered in December of 1974 is preserved in a reliquary located at the same oratory. (Source: Wikipedia)
The church also reserved a place where you can learn and see the life of Brother Andre.
Below is the reliquary where Brother Andre’s heart is placed.
You can also see a section where these crutches are hanged. This symbolizes all the people that Brother Andre healed.
Below is another chapel inside the oratory.
And of course, the beautiful view just in front of the chapel.
Hope you guys enjoyed this little tour.!
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