Marian Shrines

Throughout the entire world, the Blessed Virgin has appeared to individuals with whom she has shared a particular message.

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In Spain it was on a pillar to St. James,

in Fatima it was to the three children,

and at Lourdes to St. Bernadette Soubirous.

Come explore the sacred sites where Our Lady has appeared and see how she points us onto greater devotion to her Son.

In 1917 Our Lady came to young Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco in a series of apparitions on the 13th of each month to deliver messages and three secrets that would later be revealed. Witnesses began gathering in the thousands for the apparitions and to this day pilgrims journey to Fatima to venerate and pray at the site Mary visited the children.

In 722 the Moorish invasion of Spain had pushed the small, Christian resistance into northwest Spain. They fortified themselves in the caves of Covadonga to use the natural defenses to their aid. The resistance sought the intercession of a statue of the Virgin Mary, hidden in the caves, and credited their miraculous victory to her aid. This defeat of the Moors was the first of many in the Reconquista of Spain.

Did you know the first Marian Apparition is in Zaragoza, Spain? In the year 40 Our Lady appeared to the Apostle James as he was praying by the banks of the Ebro River. James was disheartened with his mission and lack of converts in the pagan lands of Hispania. During his prayer, Mary miraculously appeared before him atop a pillar assuring him that his work would bear fruit and the faith of these people would one day be as sturdy as the pillar that she stood upon. The pillar and statue are still inside the church today.

Blackened by candles that burned before the statue day and night this statue became known as the “Black Madonna” and dates to at least the twelfth century. St. Ignatius of Loyola made a pilgrimage to Montserrat where he laid down his military assignment and turned to a life of poverty and prayer.  He moved back to Loyola where he founded the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. For centuries miracles, devotion, and prayer have drawn millions to scale the mountains to see the Virgin of Montserrat.

In 1858 little Bernadette Soubirous was collecting firewood when “a woman dressed in white with a blue girdle” appeared to her on the first of several times, once referring to herself as “The Immaculate Conception”. On one occasion, the woman asked Bernadette to dig into the ground and drink from the waters that would spring up. That spring still flows today and is of profound importance for healing and pilgrimage.

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