August 21 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Knock: Patron Saint of Ireland

Saint St. Mary, Our Lady of Knock, Patron Saint of Ireland (Feast Date: August 21)

Extract from Our Lady of Knock: “On a rainy Thursday evening of August 21, 1879, a miraculous apparition occurred in a poor farming village in County Mayo, Ireland. The people there were suffering greatly from poverty and a famine which had brought about increased unemployment, evictions, and emigration.  In the depths of these serious problems, fifteen villagers ranging from six to seventy-five years of age, witnessed a heavenly vision which appeared on the south gable of their parish church, the Church of St. John the Baptist. The apparition became a symbol of hope, consolation, and strength to the villagers and eventually to people throughout Ireland and the world. On the night of the apparition, those witnessing the apparition knelt for two hours in the pouring rain and prayed the rosary as they watched the vision unfold. They saw Our Lady, clothed in white robes, with a gold rose upon her forehead and a brilliant gold crown on her head. . . . Within six weeks of the apparition, the Archbishop of Tuam, the Most Reverend John MacHale, set up a Church Commission of Enquiry. The fifteen witnesses were questioned and the commission reported that their evidence was ‘trustworthy and satisfactory.’ Pilgrims from all parts of Ireland and the world began to flock to the site of the apparition. The sick and disabled came in great numbers, and hundreds of cures were reported. Devotion to Our Lady of Knock developed, and Our Lady of Knock Shrine was established.” See picture of Our Lady of Knock. See also: Our Lady of Knock, Our Lady of KnockA prayer to Our Lady of Knock (En), LA VIRGEN DE KNOCK (Sp), L’ APPARIZIONE DI NOSTRA SIGNORA REGINA D’IRLANDA – Knock (It), Matka Boska z Knock (Po), Les apparitions silencieuses de Marie à Knock (Fr). Videos: Our Lady of Knock. Queen of Ireland , Lady of Knock – {Dana} Rosemary Scallon,and Frank Patterson sings Rosemary Scallon’s Lady Of Knock,


For more information about St. Mary, Mother of Jesus, see Saint Mary: Blessed Virgin, Mother of God.


We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Knock on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Automobile Accident in Donegal County, Ireland (July 11, 2010) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 19 – August 1, 2010.


That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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