|The Apparition Chapel. Unfortunately, it was closed due to renovations that were scheduled to begin.|
The woman who had passed away was 90+ years old. She was a Sister of Mercy but left the order and was married at age 76. Her name was Christina, and she sounded like an absolutely marvelous and fascinating woman.
As Mass was being said, I just kept looking at the mosaic on the altar, not believing that I was actually right where Mary appeared.
|The mosaic of the apparition that is in the basilica|
After Mass, M & I walked around the basilica. It was absolutely gorgeous. (For larger pictures, click on one and scroll through.)
Unfortunately, it was raining sideways (literally) and it was pretty chilly, so we weren't able to leisurely stroll through the grounds as I imagined us doing. The upside was that we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.
|The columns around the outside had stones from different areas of Ireland|
|The Papal Cross|
|1 of the Outdoor Stations of the Cross|
|Flowers at the foot of St. Theresa|
|Close up of St. Theresa|
|Holy Water area|
|More Holy Water on tap!|
|The part of the wall in the square is from the original church where the apparitions took place.|
|Giant Rosary on the wall of the Apparition Chapel|
|I'm actually not sure what this is, but in the right background are the graves of the Monsignors who served at Knock|
|I loved the crosses on the fences|
|This was just off of the property of the shrine|
|Monument to Richard Jordan and James O'Malley who were Captains.|
There were a lot of things we missed because it was so nasty out and we had to catch our bus back to Galway. We stopped at this little cafe around the corner from the Shrine and had wonderful soup and Irish Brown Bread. We enjoyed the sites on the way back to Galway:
The rain that day was absolutely ridiculous! When we got back to town, we saw abandoned umbrellas because they did no good with the wind. That was the only bad day we had. Originally we were going to go to Knock first, then the Aran Islands, but the lady at the tour company said that sometimes tourists get stranded on the island if the weather turns bad and we couldn't chance missing our ride to Killarney. That turned out to be a very wise decision; with the weather like it was that day, we thought that the ferry may not have even run so we would have missed the island.
Here is a video of the song "Lady of Knock".