for Pilgrimage to the Shrine of
Our Lady of Banneux
I have returned from my pilgrimage. It was awesome, and I was glad to bring your prayer requests with me. I may soon write a post about my experience. God bless you all.
This summer, I plan to make a pilgrimage to Banneux, Belgium, where the Blessed Virgin appeared to a poor peasant girl in 1933. The apparition of Our Lady of Banneux is an approved Marian apparition. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the apparition.
I also plan to make a pilgrimage to Beauraing (also in Belgium, and also a site of an approved Marian apparition); however, this pilgrimage is less likely. (Actually, the Blessed Virgin appeared in Beauraing only a few weeks BEFORE appearing at Banneux, in November and December 1932.)
If you would like for me to bring your prayer petitions with me on these pilgrimages, please leave your petition in the comment box associated with this post. Your petitions can be anonymous if you’d prefer.
Belgium is a relatively small nation, but it has been highly favored by God among the nations of the world. In addition to the two Marian apparitions, there have been innumerable saints and holy people from Belgium.
Let me give you a little background on the two apparitions of the Blessed Virgin:
Our Lady of Banneux
The Virgin of the Poor
During a cold January and February in 1933 – just a couple of years before the outbreak of World War II, which would devastate Belgium – young Mariette Beco was graced to receive 8 visits from the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The characteristics of these appartions include:
the Blessed Virgin identified herself as “The Virgin of the Poor”; also as the “Mother of God” and the “Mother of the Savior”
Our Lady of Banneux wore a white gown with a blue sash; she held a rosary made of diamond beads and a gold chain; under her foot was revealed a gold rose
the Blessed Virgin specifically said that she had come to relieve the sick and the suffering; and she identified a spring that was reserved to her for this purpose
the Blessed Virgin requested that a chapel be built at the spot of the stream (which has been done)
during the sixth apparition, a secret was revealed to Mariette (which, however, Mariette has not revealed)
For more information, visit these websites:
- The official website for the Shrine of Our Lady of Banneux
- story by Michael K. Jones, from the Medjugorge USA website
- story of Banneux by Leo de Bondt, who maintains Mary Pages
- Mary’s words at Banneux from Theotokos.org.uk
Our Lady of Beauraing
The Virgin of the Golden Heart
The Blessed Virgin appeared 30 times between Nov. 29, 1932, and Jan. 3, 1933. She appeared to a group of five children, ranging in age from 15-years-old to 11-years-old.
The characteristics of these apparitions include:
The Blessed Virgin identified herself as “The Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven”; she also nodded in agreement when a child asked if she was the Immaculate Virgin
Our Lady of Beauraing wore a sashed white gown that reflected a blue light; she held her hands together in prayer and carried a rosary on her right arm; rays of light surrounded her head
the children could see her beating heart, which was illuminated like gold
the message of Beauraing was simple: “Pray, pray alot”; “Pray always”; “I will convert sinners”
the Blessed Virgin asked for a chapel to be built, and for pilgrimages to be made
two of the many cures that have taken place at the spot have been declared as miracles by the Catholic Church
For more infomation, visit these websites:
the official website for the Shrine of Our Lady of Beauraing
story by Michael K. Jones, from the Medgorje USA website
story of Beauraing by Leo de Bondt, who maintains MaryPages.com
As with all apparition – even those approved by the Church – some discernment is needed. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith produced a document to guide the faithful. Jimmy Akin has a translation of document available.
If you want me to pray for your special intentions, please leave them in the comment box associated with this post.
May God bless you.