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    The Village of Garabandal
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16 - Small Shrine

humilladero

In Spanish, this type of shrine is called a 'humilladero'. The word comes from the Latin word humus, meaning 'fertile land'. Words such as 'humble' and 'humility' also come from humus.
'Humilladero' refers to an isolated, devout, peaceful place—providing the necessary conditions for fruitful prayer. Here, we humble ourselves; we recognize that we are in need of help. Sometimes we find these shrines on the top of a mountain or at a fork in the road. They also can usually be found, as you enter or leave a village, on the side of the road with a Cross or Holy Image.
We wanted to build one of these shrines, dedicating it to Our Lady of Mount Carmel of Garabandal.
It is located in a quiet place, where you can pray, a little ways off from the village.

In the future, in the same place, there will be a Sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady, where souls will receive many graces.
The shrine is made of stones from this very field and without cement—in a very simple way.
It is a temporary construction that will be removed when the Sanctuary is built.
We invite you all to visit the shrine.
You can reach it by going down from the pines or by going up about 600 meters from the parish Church.
The walk to the shrine takes about the same amount of time as it does to pray a rosary.
Want to know how to get there? Click here.

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