Milk Grotto, Bethlehem
Visit the holy site of Milk Grotto, a shrine in a cave where it is believed Mary stopped to nurse baby Jesus, while trying to escape Herod’s soldiers. Supposedly, a drop of milk fell on the limestone rocks while she was breastfeeding, turning the cave a pearly white color. Today, a small 19th-century Franciscan chapel rises over the grotto, which was restored in 2007. Join the flock of devotees--Muslims and Christians alike--who flock to pay their respects in the shrine, with especially larged numbers of women who come to pray for fertility. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Milk Grotto and many more Bethlehem attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Bethlehem tour itinerary builder .
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Milk Grotto Reviews
This place is remarkable as it reflected a real family lived there, showing that Mary nursed the infant Jesus in this place. Before reaching this place, there is spring where one can refresh oneself a... more »
Mucho menos concurrida que Natividad, y con mucho encanto. Se puede ver en pocos minutos y sin masificaciones de gente. more »Much less crowded than Nativity, and with a lot of charm. It can be seen in a few minutes and without masses of people.
Traveling to the Holy Land was a blessing. Visiting historical places that are key to our religion was an achievement for the tour group. Highly recommend!!!
Tucked away behind Nativity Square, not far from the Church of the Nativity that, according to Christian tradition, marks the spot where Jesus was born in the manger, is the Milk Grotto. This is the location where, according to another tradition, Mary nursed the Infant Jesus and where a few drops of her milk fell onto the rocks, turning the soft limestone from its original yellowish-brown hue to a creamy white. In a tradition dating back centuries — possibly even to the earliest Christians — women and couples who are unable to conceive have come to this grotto to pray to Mary, in hopes that her intercession will bless them with a baby. Today, pilgrims can take home tiny packets of white powder from the grotto, and together, the couple for 40 days follows a devotion that includes drinking small amounts of the powder and saying a prayer. The bags are sold at a symbolic cost but can only be purchased at the grotto since the requests would be overwhelming to manage. In the 12 years since Brother Lawrence Bode, the Franciscan caretaker of the shrine, has been keeping records, there have been about 4,000 letters from couples attributing their miracle babies to the “milk powder.”
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