Marian Valley - Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians
The Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians is situated at 2541 Beechmont Rd, 10km from Canungra and south of Brisbane in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
At Marian Valley there are many beautiful chapels, donated by generous benefactors including different ethnic communities. Many of them were assisted in the construction by Marian Valley volunteers. All who have contributed to the presence of these chapels give witness to their faith, devotion and love for God and for Our Lady.
The main Chapel is known as the Black Madonna Chapel. It houses a true copy of the Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Chapel seats approximately 500 pilgrims.
One of the most beautiful and inspiring aspects of Marian Valley are the outdoor Stations of the Cross with their lifesize figures that move you to humility, devotion and prayer.
St Joseph's Hermitage Retreat Centre at the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians provides an opportunity for extended solitude, prayer and spiritual renewal. Accommodation (self-contained) available for small groups, couples, families and individuals.
Throughout the year there is an active schedule of special feasts on the Calendar. Many ethnic groups make annual pilgrimages to Marian Valley, some of these coincide with celebrations throughout the liturgical year.
The Baptism of the Lord - 11th January
THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY
SECTION TWO: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH
CHAPTER ONE: THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
ARTICLE 1: THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."5
Francesco Albani's 17th century Baptism of Christ is a typical depiction with the sky opening and the Holy Spirit descending as a dove.
Mementos of your visit to Marian Valley are available at the Piety Shop together with the bi-annual newsletter Mary's Rose.