The Chapel of the Milk Grotto in Bethlehem is a pilgrim destination for both Christian and Muslim mothers seeking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
According to tradition, Mary rested at the Grotto to nurse baby Jesus while she and Joseph were escaping to Egypt and fleeing King Herod’s soldiers. A drop of breastmilk fell upon the stone cave walls and turned them white.
Legend holds that women who pray to Our Lady of the Milk, looking to increase their milk supply or to conceive a child, have been aided when the powdery white chalk from the cave is mixed into their food.
This 1 gram collection of milk grotto powder was packaged at, and is only available from, St. Catherine’s, the Franciscan Monastery erected around the milk grotto. Milk grotto powder makes a special and thoughtful gift for a woman or mother who cannot physically travel to the Shrine.
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