What happens to your travel plans when Feast Days Change?

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Imagine traveling to Knock, Ireland to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Knock only to find out you got there on the wrong day!

How could this happen?  Well, the “silent apparition” of Knock took place on August 21, 1879.  But, since August 21st  was already assigned to Saint Pius X, there was no special date set aside for Our Lady of Knock on the official calendar.

In June of 2011 the Congregation for the Divine Worship set the date of August 17th as the Feast of Our Lady of Knock with a special Memorial Mass.  This falls within the dates of the national novena in honor of Our Lady of Knock, which is from August 14th-22nd.

However……

Mass at Our Lady of Knock
Here you can see Mass being celebrated in the Apparition Chapel at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. The only part of the original Church is preserved on one wall of the chapel.

in Knock, they celebrate the Feast Day on the actual date of August 21st.  So if you plan to be there on the Feast Day…and we highly recommend it if you can…..then keep that in mind.  For more information check the official website of the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.  If you time it right you can watch Mass live from the Shrine.

To hear the song “Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland” sung by Irish singer Dana, click here.  It gives a great presentation of the apparitions while you listen to her beautiful voice.  Gives you goosebumps!

 

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