Knock Shrine, County Mayo

Knock Shrine, County Mayo

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The Story of Knock began on Thursday evening of the 21st August, 1879, Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of the church at Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.Beside them and a little to their left was an altar with a cross and the figure of a lamb, around which angels hovered.

There were fifteen official witnesses to the apparition – young and old – who watched and prayed for two hours in the pouring rain.Two Commissions of Enquiry, in 1879 and 1936, accepted their testimony as trustworthy and satisfactory.
 
Today Knock Shrine is an international place of pilgrimage and prayer where over one and a half million pilgrims come every year. The Shrine grounds incorporates five churches, including the Apparition Church, Parish Church/Old Church, Basilica, Blessed Sacrament Chapel and Chapel of Reconciliation. Other facilities include a Religious Books’ Centre, Caravan and Camping Park, Knock House Hotel and Knock Museum. All of these are set in beautiful landscaped gardens of approximately 100 acres creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
 
Services at the Shrine include: daily public devotions and masses with Anointing of the Sick, Confessions and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; professional Counseling Service; Youth Ministry; Prayer Guidance; Rest and Day Care Centre for welcome and hospitality; St. Joseph’s for the sick and disabled; Family Life Centre; Shrine Offices where pilgrims can enroll family and friends in the Knock Shrine Friends’ Association masses. Lay and religious staff and volunteers of the Knock Shrine Society are involved in all these services.

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