One month ago today Mother Mary Angelica was laid to rest in the crypt church of the beautiful monastery she built for God’s glory. It’s still so very fresh in our minds that it’s hard to believe more than a month has passed since her death. Here are a couple slide shows of pictures from our time in Alabama, beginning on Tuesday after her death, when her body was returned to the monastery. Every procession and Rosary was done so beautifully and prayerfully, a reminder of the richness and grace the Church offers to the faithful even after their death.
Easter Sunday, she went to her eternal reward just before 5pm.
Sweet home Alabama! It feels good to cross that state line.
Rev. Mother Dolores Marie opens the enclosure door to receive Mother Angelica’s body into the cloister.
The sisters sang the Jubilee Hymn as the procession followed Mother’s body to the cloister chapel.
Our Lady watches over Mother’s body in the cloister chapel.
Sr. Grace Marie first met mother thirty-three years ago.
Mother looked very beautiful and peaceful, reflecting in death the beauty of her soul, so united to Jesus.
Her distinctive hands, with which she prayed, praised and labored for God for so many years.
Her vow card.
On Wednesday morning we said goodbye to Mother Angelica, who would now leave the enclosure for the last time.
Fr. Miguel and the servers prepare to lead the procession.
The pall bearers.
The crucifer and candle bearers.
Mother Angelica begins her final journey out of the cloister.
Her spiritual sons escort her body.
On the cloister altar.
The vigil the night before her funeral Mass. Because of dangerous storms and tornadoes, the chapel was kept open longer, and everyone who was there was able to pay their respects to Mother’s body.
The day of her funeral.
A private visitation for the sisters the morning of her burial. This is the last time we will see her this side of eternity.
The Child Jesus watches over Mother Angelica, in the shrine she built for Him.
Mother looked very beautiful and peaceful, reflecting, even in death, the union of her soul with Jesus.
Her abbatial coat of arms.
Her well-loved Bible and a crucifix. The Word of God and the Cross of Christ were inscribed on her heart.
Sr. Grace Marie and Sr. Mary Peter.
The Divine Child Jesus, Whom she loved so much, and Who loves her so much.
During the funeral Mass.
Divine Mercy Sunday in the Jubilee Year of Mercy – we thank God for the life and holiness of Mother, and ask for the grace to follow our own call to sanctity.
The Jubilee Doors in the Shrine Church.