Leigh Hatts  

Loreto’s Holy House

The Translation of the Holy House of Loreto on 10 December marks the arrival on this day in Italy of the front section of the house where Mary lived in Nazareth.

It took several years to move the house although the iconography suggests that angels carried the little building. This was based on a misunderstanding.

What is important for us it that if this house is where Mary heard that she was pregnant then this day offers the opportunity to reflect on the Annunciation.

Recently Pope Francis raised the status of the day to make it a universal option for observance.

Pictures of the house today and live coverage of evening worship on Thursday 9 December and morning worship on Friday 10 December can be found on the Loreto website.