The attentive reader will have noticed a small change in the left sidebar of my blog. Directly below the short blurb about yours truly there is now an image of the devotional statue or Our Lady of the Garden Enclosed. This is the name with which the Blessed Virgin is known and venerated in the small chapel and hermitage in the village of Warfhuizen. In the past decade that unassuming site has become the focal point of prayer and pilgrimage. No miracles have happened here, apart from prayers answered (although hermit Brother Hugo calls the fact that so many faithful have come to this far northern location for Our Lady a miracle in itself), but people come to pray from all over the Netherlands and beyond.

Last week, so did I, as part of the Guild of Our Lady of the Garden Enclosed’s annual pilgrimage. And I too had reason to come and lay my prayers at the foot of Our Lady. And her intercession paid off. What I prayed for will, God willing, bear fruit tomorrow. To reflect my gratitude I chose to make Our Lady of the Garden Enclosed a permanent fixture of my blog, so that my effort here may, so to speak, continue to fall under her protection.

Sancta Maria, Hortus Conclusus, ora pro nobis!

For more information on the Guild, check their website.

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