Our Lady of Knock
Feast Day August 21
On a typically dreary rainy evening on the western coast of Ireland, in the village of Knock, County Mayo, August 21, 1879, six days after the Feast of the Assumption, on a gabled wall of the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Our Lady appeared.
Behind them to the left of Saint John was an altar. On the altar was a cross with a lamb (a figure that represents the Lamb of God) being adored by angels with wing fluttering. Our Blessed Virgin Mary appeared life size, almost iridescent, she was deep in prayer, her eyes looking toward heaven, her hands raised to her shoulders. She stood elevated two feet off the ground, wearing a white cloak, a veil, a crown that shown brightly with what appeared to be sparkles of glittering crosses. Between her veil and the crown was a golden rose.
The Church officially investigated Knock in 1879 and then again in 1936 and found that the witnesses were believable and there was nothing contrary to the faith revealed during the apparition. In 1936, Archbishop of Tuam approved the apparition, and since four popes have honored Knock. Pope Pius XII in 1945, Pope John XXIII on Candlemas Day in 1960, Pope Paul VI on June 6, 1974, and Pope John Paul II who made a pilgrimage to the Shrine September 30, 1979 and established the Shrine church as a Basilica.
"Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your Son, remembering His promise: "Ask and your shall receive, seek and you shall find." Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when I am sick or lonely or depressed. Teach me how to take part ever more reverently in the holy Mass. Pray for me now, and at the hour of my death. Amen. Our Lady of Knock, pray for us." --Prayer to Our Lady of Knock
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