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Pilgrimage

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 (Source: The Meaning of Knock, edited by Donal Flanagan, pub. 1997 by the Columba Press)

The official pilgrimage season begins at Knock Shrine on Sunday 30th April.

See the full list of pilgrimages for 2017

 

Please see the Event Calendar page for full listing of upcoming events 

Planning a Visit to Knock? See the Visit section for information on Mobility Assistance, Opening Hours, Guided Tours, Knock Museum, Bookshop, Accommodation or view a Map of Knock Shrine Grounds

 

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 There are many customs and traditions observed in Knock. Many pilgrims like to get Holy Water from Knock to bring home or pass on to a loved-one. Pilgrims also 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 dayPlease see the Visit section of our website to learn more. 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 the pilgrimage-list-2017

 

 

 

 

April 2017

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  • Holy Thursday
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  • Good Friday
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  • Holy Saturday
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  • Easter Sunday
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  • Divine Mercy Pilgrimage
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  • Opening of Pilgrimage Season
  • Apostolic Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration (Basilica)
Please check this calendar regularly as pilgrimage dates are subject to change

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