The anteroom is located outside of the Lower Church. Above the entrance of the anteroom is a woodcarving bearing several inscriptions. The first, “Anno MIM,” is the year the Temple was dedicated—1999. Next is the prayer of Saint Francis: “Deus Meus et Omnia”—“My God and My All.” Finally inscribed above the anteroom is the traditional prayer for the dead: “Requiem Aeternam Dona Eis, Domine”—“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.” This prayer serves as a reminder that the Lower Church houses the crypts of the deceased Nuns of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. The sanctuary of the Lower Church is surrounded by an altar rail. The carved marble altar is adorned with a mosaic bearing the first letter of the words “Ave Maria.” Statues of Saint Francis and Saint Clare stand in the niches on either side of the tabernacle. Two adoring angels hold banners reading “Adoro Te Devote Latens Deitas”—“I adore Thee devoutly, Hidden God.” At the rear of the Lower Church are the crypts of the deceased nuns, including the Foundress of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery and the Shrine, Mother Mary Angelica. Each crypt is inscribed with name of the nun, her dates of birth, first profession, and death. Also included is the favorite Scripture passage of the nun.


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