Let the children come: New prayer area in St. Lawrence garden

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Fr. Ronald J. Gripshover, pastor of St. Lawrence Church in Alexandria, blesses a children’s prayer area recently added to the church garden. Maria Horner, a senior at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, designed and built the garden with help from volunteers for her American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes project. Handprints from children in the first Communion class were incorporated into the base of the statue and bench. The project was inspired by Matthew 19:14 — “Let the children come to me.” 

Photo courtesy Yvonne Horner

 

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