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Thursday, August 21, 2008

August 21: Our Lady of Knock

The Story of Our Lady of Knock began on the 21st August 1879 when Our Blessed Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church (County Mayo, Eire - aka Ireland). The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. From this miraculous occurrence Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognised Marian Shrine. The personal pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II in 1979, commemorating the centenary of the apparition, inspired an even greater devotion to the Shrine and endorsed the indelible seal of Vatican approval. Mother Teresa of Calcutta visited the Shrine in June of 1993. One and a half million pilgrims visit the Shrine annually.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF KNOCK, IRELAND - Eleventh Century Irish Litany of Mary

Great Mary, Greatest of Marys, Greatest of Women, Mother of Eternal Glory,

Mother of the Golden Light, Honor of the Sky, Temple of the Divinity,

Fountain of the Gardens, Serence as the Moon,

Bright as the Sun, Garden Enclosed, Temple of the Living God,

Light of Nazareth, Beauty of the World,

Queen of Life, Ladder of Heaven, Mother of God.

Pray for us.

Sé do bheath' a Mhuire, atá lán de ghrásta, tá an Tiarna leat. Is beannaithe thú idir mná agus is beannaithe toradh do bhruinne losa. A Naomh Mhuire, a mháthair Dé, guí orainn na peacaithe, anois is ar uair ar mbás. Amen.

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