August 21: Rosaries Honoring the Feast of Our Lady of Knock

20 Aug

On August 21 of each year, Catholics celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Knock.

The shamrock center medal symbolizes the role of Our Lady of Knock in the history of Ireland.

The shamrock center medal symbolizes the role of Our Lady of Knock in the history of Ireland.

One rainy night, August 21, 1879, two women reported seeing Mary, St. Joseph, and John the Evangelist standing against the back of a church in their small village of Knock, Ireland. They also saw an altar with a lamb and a cross on it. The women ran and told others and soon a total of 15 people, ranging in age from 6 to 75, were gathered at the church. All of the witnesses were questioned by the Archbishop of Tuam and a shrine was later established at the site.

The back of the Knock center medal says, "Our Lady of Knock Pray for Us". The back of the Celtic Crucifix says, "Erin".

The back of the Knock center medal says, “Our Lady of Knock Pray for Us”. The back of the Celtic Crucifix says, “Erin”.

The shamrock center medal says, "Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, Pray for Us".

The shamrock center medal says, “Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, Pray for Us”.

 

Rosaries and center medals have been designed to honor the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Most show Mary, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist and witnesses to the vision.

 

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One Response to “August 21: Rosaries Honoring the Feast of Our Lady of Knock”

  1. Giovanna Lottes August 21, 2016 at 2:04 AM #

    Very interesting

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