Prayer Service for the Synodal Assembly: Wednesday 31st May

Please join us at on Wednesday, 31st May to celebrate a day of Marian prayer, placing the Church’s entire synodal process, especially the work of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, under the protection of Mary, Mother of the Church.


11am Prayer Service in the Apparition Chapel
12 noon Mass in Basilica
7pm Rosary in the Parish Church

Each liturgy will be live-streamed on the Watch page.

At the request of the Holy Father, the Secretariat responsible for the Universal Synod has invited the Church around the world to hold a moment of Marian Prayer on 31st May (the Feast of the Visitation and the last day of the Marian Month of May) to place the work of the Synod, especially the upcoming assembly in October, under the protection of Our Lady.

The Synodal Pathway of the Catholic Church in Ireland has organised a day of prayer at Knock Shrine and an open invitation is being extended to all to join in this special day. The programme for the day includes a prayer service in the Apparition Chapel, Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady, ongoing prayer throughout the day inviting pilgrims to place the work of the Synod under Our Lady’s protection, and the Rosary, followed by evening Mass in Knock Parish Church. The programme for the day is below.

As we continue to strengthen our communion, deepen our participation, and enlarge our mission, and conscious that many will not be able to travel to Knock on the Wednesday, a prayer resource   With Mary Towards the Synodal Assembly is available to download. All are being encouraged to pray with the resource at the Angelus times of 12 noon and 6pm.

Please feel free to share this resource widely so as many people as possible can pray with us and seek the interceding presence of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, on the day.