Updated: Mar 25
Perfectly, the Long Island Sound greets the bedrock washing it as if taking all prayers left on the alter into the cosmos. A private encounter with the holy, the sea graces, a sacred spiritual space, the stone and wooden alter meet earth. Many have stopped to scope, cast their gaze and leave their prayers for God under the protective house by the sea; the structure that is often referred to as the Mary Grotto or the Seaside Chapel. Built around the time of the main house, it is a secret healing experience.
The master teachers of the Sacred Art Institute who have designed collections of sacred art for The Chapel Of Our Lady of the Assumption, grounds, and main house of Enders Island imparted a legacy through art. It remains as a tranquil remembrance. If you listen, you can hear the Holy Spirit whisper through each of their works of art.
Students who come to study on Enders Island collectively expand their works of art, thriving because of who has walked here before. A lineage of learning handed down through experience.
They are often found taking a breath of the fresh sea air in between their studies in icon writing/painting; stained glass; wood carving; or illuminated manuscript workshops. You will find them down by the Sea alter leaving prayers, walking in the footsteps of artists before, having an encounter, a holy experience or brush with God.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
~ Psalm 119:105