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Events for Tuesday 21st August 2018

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Our Lady of Knock

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 On 21st August, 1879, Our Lady appeared outside the parish church of Knock, Co. Mayo in Ireland. The apparition lasted about one hour and was witnessed by 18 people, standing in the rain.

St. Joseph stood to her right and St. John the Evangelist, dressed as a bishop, was to her left. Wearing a long white cloak and a crown on her head, she stood with her hands apart and extended upwards, her eyes gazing towards heaven.

Behind the figures was an altar with a large cross. On the altar was a lamb facing to the west. A brilliant light surrounded the whole scene.

The central message of Knock is the call to the Eucharist. The altar, the lamb of sacrifice upon it, was at the centre of the scene and slightly raised above it.  Our Lady’s pose and hands point to the importance and significance of the Mass, at a time of great hardship, distress and privation for the people of Ireland, as was the case in the 1870's.

Mary, Queen of Ireland, then as now, is with her people, leading them in prayer and pointing them again to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.


St Pius X

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Pope St. Pius X's motto was to "Renew all things in Christ". He was born Giusseppe Melchoire Sarto in Riesi, in Italy, on June 2nd, 1835. Pius X became the 258th Successor of Peter in 1903. He was canonised on May 29th, 1954. Pope Saint Pius X is the Patron Saint of Sick Pilgrims.

Benedict on Pius X


St Martin I

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Pope St. Martin I was born in Todo, Italy. He was the last pope to die a martyr. St. Martin called the Council at the Lateran Basilica in his first year and condemned Heraclius and Monothelitism, going against a decree by the Byzantine Emperor who commanded there be no discussion of the issue.