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Pilgrimage is a sacred and ancient custom in Ireland. Today, pilgrims from all over the world make their way to Knock Shrine. Some deliberately set out to make a pilgrimage, others find themselves drawn here without knowing why. The Apparition of August 1879 transformed Knock from an ordinary village in Co. Mayo, into an international Marian Shrine. On hearing of the Apparition, people from all over Ireland began to come on pilgrimage. The first pilgrims reflected the deep devotion of Irish people to the Blessed Virgin. Many prayed for an end to famine and poverty, others came in search of cures. By leaving ordinary life behind, pilgrims gain time and space for reflection. They join others in a quest to experience the presence of God. They grow in awareness that, on life’s journey, there are no strangers only fellow pilgrims.
Text courtesy of Knock Museum
Ref., The Meaning of Knock, edited by Donal Flanagan, pub. 1997 by the Columba Press
Today, there are many customs and traditions observed in Knock. Many pilgrims like to get Holy Water from Knock, this tradition is still strongly practiced as many pilgrims like to bring the Holy Water home with them or pass it on to a loved-one.
Pilgrims also like to circle the Parish Church while praying the Rosary, Pray the Stations of the Cross, enroll themselves or a loved one in the Knock Shrine Friends Association, attend Confessions or simply taking a few moments for contemplative prayer in Knock Shrine.
If you would like to visit Knock or to come to pray as a pilgrim, we would be delighted to assist you in planning your day.
Please see the Visit section of our website to learn more about planning your day at Knock.
If you would like to see Mass and Confession times please see the Masses section of our site.
To view the official list of pilgrimages, please download our Pilgrimage List 2015