Chris dedicated a Mariengarten entitled “A Nazareth Garden – Flowers of Faith” on June 8, 2013, the 22nd anniversary of Chris and Fred’s Home Shrine entitled “A Nazareth Home, A Holy Family”. The geranium means beautiful lady for the Blessed Mother, the beautiful lady of the garden. The ground ivy means “where God has walked” for Fred’s symbol. The marigold is the rosary plan and is Chris’s symbol. The bellflower means Bethlehem Star which is the symbol for all their children and grandchildren.
Their Mariengarten Prayer:
“Heavenly Father, we dedicate this Marian garden to the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) and ask Your blessing upon the Mary statue and the perennial flowers planted here. May our MTA, the beautiful lady of the garden, distribute gifts, graces, & blessings of faith in abundance to all who look upon it. And, may the flowers of our faith grow so that we, like this new Marian garden, can become instruments in the hands of our MTA for the renewal of the world through Christ, in the Holy Spirit, to the glory of you, God our loving Father. Amen.”
The Heavenly Father responded, Lev 26:11-12, “I will establish my dwelling place among you and shall not reject you. I shall walk among you; I shall be your God & you shall be my people”.