Basilica of Mary, Queen of the Universe

IMG_7229My family visits a basilica in southern Wisconsin every December 31, giving ourselves some time to end the year in thanks and with prayers for the new year.

Although we’re in Florida this year, more than a thousand miles away from our home, we managed to keep our tradition alive. We visited the Basilica of Mary, Queen of the Universe, a beautiful modern church on 17 acres of landscaped campus in Orlando.

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An artist’s rendering of Saul on the road to Damascus.

The basilica has a number of striking pieces of religious art – sculptures and paintings – both inside and outside of the church. After the usual theme park visits and the abundance of over-the-top entertainment, the basilica in Orlando was a welcome, peaceful break.

 

 

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