The "Angel of the Lord" cycle can be seen in the fully re-designed St Mary's Court outside the basilica. "Anyone who stops to meditate quietly will sense the messages the images convey. God became man, so that through him we can grow the roots for our salvation," explains Dean Martin Ferner.
The west side of the chapel was also rebuilt and added to it was a special glass altar and glass figures, which form a thematic link to the series of paintings outside. On the first Sunday in every month at 2.00 pm, a monthly pilgrimage takes place, starting with the rosary prayer and then the blessing of the sick. Groups of pilgrims may at any time ask to hold a prayer meeting or a special pilgrimage service.
Let us read what Johann Puecher, Rosina's brother, wrote about what happened in 1797 in their father's house. At the age of 76, he wrote the following in the presence of two witnesses: "On the afternoon of 17 January 1797 my sister, a grown girl (18 years of age) by the name of Rosina was sitting at the table sewing in the ground-floor room opposite the window. Then she suddenly looked up – between 3 to 4 o'clock (i.e. afternoon) – and saw what had never been seen before, drawn on a window pane, an image of Mary, the Mother of God.
Following the route pilgrims have taken for centuries, many of today's pilgrims take the Way of St James through the Hall-Wattens region and find inner peace and harmony here. The pilgrims' path passes through four villages of the region and the town of Hall in Tirol covering a total of 17km. In Gnadenwald it runs past the idyllic St Martin Monastery, a Gothic construction, which in 1445 was a hermitage. Some 5.5km further on pilgrims invariably stop off to see the image of the Virgin Mary in Absam Basilica and spend time in meditation there. With its narrow and picturesque lanes and impressive Gothic and Baroque churches, the Old Town of Hall in Tirol forms a unique ensemble. In what is the oldest, explicitly named settlement in the central Inntal Valley, the crib village of Thaur, walkers are always keen to take a look at the St Romedius Church, which is dedicated to St Peter and Paul.
"The path is the ultimate symbol of our life. Our life story is full of false starts, departures, detours, meanderings, cul-de-sacs, labyrinths and destinations." The Path of Contemplation from Absam to Gnadenwald also helps those seeking to banish every day cares and worries. This romantic track runs for about an hour through sub-Alpine forest at the foot of the Karwendel mountain range between Absam and Gnadenwald.
The nine stations along the route address in different ways the Beatitudes; they provide an opportunity to escape the noise, the hustle and bustle, the speed and the stress, to spend time reflecting and looking within. Every station provides an opportunity to look beyond the daily round to what really matters in life. Attention is focussed on hopes and anxieties, brief moments of happiness, the questions and the doubts that arise in life. If the walker treads the Path of Contemplation with an open mind, he will enjoy delightful moments of spiritual unity, he might even come to appreciate that the sentiments expressed in the Beatitudes are central to everyday life. At the end of the trail near the St Martin Monastery in Gnadenwald is the stone maze, a place to enjoy peace and tranquillity.