Beautiful churches guide our gaze towards the majesty of God. Cozy, quiet chapels help us feel enveloped by Him. Our surroundings greatly affect our attention and direction in prayer — even Christ chose to pray alone in a garden. From sprawling ornamented chancels to the grave boughs of olive trees, our prayer is shaped by where it takes place.

We can bring these beautiful places of contemplation into our own homes, too. At-home Marian gardens are peaceful, familiar places in which we can connect with God and the Blessed Virgin.

Opportunities for prayer and peace aren’t only for those with large backyards. With a little creativity, anyone can create a Marian garden, even inside their own home! Here are a few simple ideas for you to create your sacred space.

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