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Milk Grotto of Bethlehem - The White Stone of Miracles

29 July, 201129 July, 2011 23 comments Bethlehem Bethlehem

In the heart of Bethlehem, just few minutes' walk from Manger Square, there is a beautiful chapel of Margaret Sitti Mariam, "Grotto of the Lady Mary", commonly known as "the Milk Grotto". It is said that the Milk Grotto was the place where the Holy Family found shelter during the Slaughter of the Innocents, before their flight into Egypt. Mary and Joseph decided to stay there until they knew that their newborn baby, Jesus, would be safe from King Herod's soldiers.

A church was built over the grotto in the 5th century. As well, the reminants of a beautiful mosaic found in the courtyard of the grotto are believed to be from this time period.

The grotto's name is derived from the belief, that a drop of Mary's milk felt down onto the ground of the cave and turned it completely white. In fact, the milky white rock covering the grotto's interior has a magical power. For ages, childless woman of many religions have made a pilgrimage to the Milk Grotto, in order to ask for the gift of an offspring. Some of the pilgrims will take the stone powder with them and give it to the people who cannot have children.

Strong beliefs and prayer really can create miracles as demonstrated by the tens of thousands of people who have taken a sample of the milk powder home with them People are suppose to mix a pinch of the powder of Milk Grotto's rock with water or milk after which spouses should drink the mixture. If they are Catholic they should pray the Holy Rosary together. While saying the third joyful mystery - "The Nativity of Jesus in Bethlehem" - they are to pray for a gift of an offspring.

And the angel said unto them: "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger". (Luke 2,6-12)

If the spouses are of another religion they should simply pray with their own words to the Virgin Mary.

While passing the church's gate and turning left one can find a small room full of photographs of many little babies held by their happy parents. The room was created to display evidence of the power of the "White Stone of Miracles" and to expose the letters of gratitude from new parents and their families. The letters found within are in many different languages and each includes a picture of their gift from the Virgin Mary, the photo of a long-awaited child. The miracle of the milk grotto has created ecstatic parents from many religious backgrounds and from all around the world.

Between the letters I found one from a Polish lady called Janina. She came with her husband on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and during her visit to the Milk Grotto in Bethlehem she discovered the room of the "Miracle Babies". Knowing that her son and his wife could not have a baby for a long time, she thought that the prayer to the Virgin and the holy power of the grotto's stone could be a chance. So she decided to take a piece of the milky rock with her to Poland and give it to her daughter in law. Her grateful letter is one of the best testimonies for Mary's great miracle. Janina writes that finally her first granddaughter, Lidia, was born.


Letters from the Grateful Parents

Beata M. Andonia works for the Bethlehem tourism bureau and blogs for Travelujah. She is originally from Poland and moved to Bethlehem in 2010.



  • By Anonymous 1967 Days Ago
    7 points    
    I want milk grotto powder. How to get it ? I don't have money to go there... Could u help me ? I come from Indonesia. My E-mail is Stefanus89@gmail.com I really want a descent...
    If there is any cost or fee to get it, i'll pay... Thank you very much...May God bless u...
  • By Anonymous 1487 Days Ago
    6 points    
    Hi All
    I would like to share my most wonderful moment of my life. The biggest miracle I have ever experienced. Whenever I read these stories I wonder if anyone can help me with this sacred powder to get blessed with a Child because Im 5 years married with no children. Suddenly to my surprise a Priest from no where had been to a trip to Bethlehem had got this power. He had given this powder to his sister who belongs to my Parish. So fortunately she only remembered me and handed that small packet to me. With lot of holiness I consumed it and the very next MONTH I was conceived. My great Grotto Mother blessed me. I am now 7 months pregnant. Thanks to Grotto Mother !
  • By Anonymous 1301 Days Ago
    5 points    
    hai congrats,can u assist me .i m having that blessed powder.but problem is to my husband with low sperm count.can we get cure after having milk powder?we need child plz pray for us

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  • By Anonymous 1135 Days Ago
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    Hi everyone. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for awhile now with no luck and only tears as each month passes by. I Heard about this powder and would love to try it. However we cannot afford to go ourselves as much as we would love to, as it is too expensive for us. Is there anyone who is able to send this powder to us. Please help us. You can contact me via email at ; malaika.fernandes@yahoo.com
    we really do want a lot of healthy children in our lives and would be ever so thank full.
  • By Anonymous 1126 Days Ago
    4 points    
    This seems like such a blessed place to visit. Would love to go here one day.
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