Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, Montreal
I went here only one time. It was snowing.
The magnificence of the place is majestic.
I was lucky to listen to the tremendous organ being played. The bass notes are chilling!
The visit is very worthwhile and the access is free.
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and national shrine on Westmount Summit in Montreal, Quebec. It is Canada's largest church.
You can reach there by bus and metro. Near to metro station Côte-des-Neiges on blue line.
There are too many steps, but there is also the escalator available inside.
Do not lose the very beautiful garden beside the church and visit it's wonderful statues.
The entrance is free.
Or in Francais, L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal. This is an amazing Catholic Shrine. I was very much looking forward to seeing it and it did not disappoint. The observation center in the dome is supposed to be the highest window overlooking Montréal. On Monday - Saturday at 12:15pm and Sundays at 11:15am, Mass is performed in English in the Crypt Church. Just an enormous church and definitely worth visiting.
Photo: Hommage to Saint Brother André, on a flagpole in Old Montreal
This man founded Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal on the sheer strength of his faith and character. He was an orphan at 12 years old, poor and uneducated, but he had a gift: he could cure people and give them confidence. To the dismay of his superiors at Notre-Dame College where he was doorman, massive crowds started coming to him to implore his help and for a cure to their ills.
It's on the slope of Mount-Royal, near his College on Queen Mary Road, that his dream church was built. Brother André was canonised on October 18, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. This plain old man who came to be loved by all of Québec was my great-grandfather's cousin.
This is Montreal's version of Paris's Sacre de Cour. It's set dramatically on Mont Royal with stairs climbing up to the magnificent Catherdral above. Pilgrims climb the stairs on hands and knees saying prayers on each step. The church is magnificant and so are the views from on top.
This may look like just another church, but it is more than that. It is a famous place for pilgrims, as it is believed the founder, Brother André, cures those who are ill.
At first glance, the steps to the church seem to be daunting. But it is worth the walk and gives you a chance to appreciate the scenery around you. It is very inspiring.
This massive church sitting atop Mont Royal is probably one of the most visited places in the city. It sits high on a hill with many stairs leading up. Local custom says that if you want something badly enough, you can kneel on each step and pray until you get to the top. Definitely not for the faint at heart.
I did not go inside, it was merely a photo stop for us. However, drive by at night - it is an amazing sight.
Saint Joseph A most important universal patron saint well worth talking about, was declared the patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX in 1870.
St. Joseph's Oratory is now one of Montreal's most impressive structures. For a small fee you can do a tour of the entire set of buildings and look at the museum. It will take some time to explore it all.
I set up one travelogue you can find below with some additional scenes of the place.
The building of the Basilica began in 1924 according to the plans of the architects Viau and Venne. Due to the complexity and cost of the construction as well as the years of economic recession at the end of the decade, it took several years to complete the huge Basilica. At the time of his death, Brother André had seen neither the roof nor the dome that were to cover the gigantic building.
The interior plans conceived by the Canadian architect Gérard Notebaert involves a sumptuous movement of ascending lines which, highlighted by the stained-glass windows by Marius Plamondon, join at the ceiling like hands in prayer. This great simplicity fosters a sense of peace and a climate conducive to contemplation and prayer for believers of all cultures and religious faith. Pilgrims from all across the Americas and overseas come to participate in the celebrations frequently taking place at the Basilica.
The dome, at 97 meters, is second in height only to St Peter's in Rome. This huge basilica can accomodate up to 10,000 visitors. Begun in 1904, it was completed in 1967. It's one of the most visited shrines in all of Canada. Pilgrims visit from all over the world to pray and atone for their sins. On the stairs leading up to the basilica, the center section is painted light blue, and is reserved for pilgrims who are ascending to it on their knees. I kid you not--on their KNEES! And I saw two people actually doing this.
Founded by Brother Andre, a humble monk, it contains his heart and other relics along with a museum of its history. The view from the basilica is impressive, and in 2013 a new rooftop observation point will be open to the public.
Located in Mont Royal, the church was built in 1904 due to the efforts of Brother Andre. It is dedicated to St. Joseph Chapel , and is said to be the largest shrine in the world. Pilgrimages of people come here for hopes of miracles and cures.
This is the second important religious place in Montreal after La basilique Notre-Dame and one of the greatest temples of chrisitianity faith in the world.
The oratory was initially built by Brother André to be a place of prayer and became now a destination and attraction for 2 millions people a year.
It is a great building located in the west side of the Mont royal hill, it looks very nice from outside and you should go to the top and see the opposite view of the area. From inside it consists of a church and a small mesuem.
The access to the oratory is easy ..see directiosn below
After spending the morning at Parc du Mont-Royal, we walked the over to the Oratory, an impressive copper domed church sitting on part of Mont-Royal, the largest shrine in the world named after Joseph, father of Jesus and Canada’s patron saint. You may notice that the center aisle of the stairway is blocked off to pedestrian traffic, reserved for pilgrims who come to the Oratory in hopes of a miracle who climb the stairs on their knees. Brother Andre, the founder of the Oratory, was said to have performed many miracles.
If you are just visiting, however, you may want to locate the escalators that we found, naturally, after we were already at the top, there are located inside a small house like structure over to the left side.
The interior of the church at the top is very modern and rather unremarkable and a more modest sized church below that is also unremarkable. You can visit the onsite museum or take a stroll through the garden featuring statues of the 14 stations of the cross.
The Oratory is the highest point in the city of Montreal and there are nice views from the many levels of the structure
Saint Joseph's Oratory is Number One on my list when I visited Montreal for the first time very recently. Being a Catholic, I felt the spirit of being one after a quiet contemplation. This serves as a major site of the Roman Catholic worship and pilgrimage. The basilica is situated on the slope of Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is the largest in Canada and its dome is the second largest in the world. The basilica is a result of the work of Brother Andre who had special devotion towards Saint Joseph. During this time, he became an instrument and made himself available to sick people by receiving visits and and pray for their cure. Pilgrims from all over the world come to participate in the celebrations that is frequently taking place at the Basilica. I believe that this is a "must see" place in Montreal whatever faith or religion you believe in. Please do not miss this unforgettable experience. It is worth a visit. And you will be glad you did!
Why an Oratory?
An oratory is a place destined for intimate prayer. This is what Brother André wanted to build and this is still what can be found today in the huge basilica.
Saint Joseph's Oratory is a special place on the mountain, a place which answers the expectations of today's Christians. Often, people are searching for a haven of peace, for a variety of pastoral services, for a quiet place of religious worship.
The Oratory offers both the possibility of individual prayer and reflection as well as participation in the more elaborate ceremonies gathering great crowds for public celebrations. Saint Joseph's Oratory is a symbol of the Sacred Presence in the heart of the city. Erected on a mountain, it brings to mind the sacred ground of many holy places within various religious traditions. Pilgrims who wish to journey here become closer to God in a special way. The Oratory gathers huge crowds of people who come together to express their faith.
A higher space of the spiritual meeting in the world
Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal is recognized as one of the great temples of the world. Like many sacred places in various countries, the Oratory attracts visitors who seek a haven of peace, a spiritual encounter, or the opportunity to visit an important tourist attraction. There are many such temples in the Christian world of the Occident. Only three are found at the heart of important cities: Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Sanctuary of Montmartre in Paris and Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal. The Oratory wishes you a warm welcome.
Even today, every year, at least two million people come to the Oratory to find inspiration within its sacred walls and to discover the presence of its founder.
This immense oratory was built on the site of a church from 1916 in honour of St. Joseph, Canada's patron saint. It's a rather young building, beeing completed only in 1960.
There's a small museum inside dedicated to Brother André who was said to have healing powers.
You can visit the oratory from 6am to 9am. No admission fee.
Excellent views over Montreal from there.