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Knock Shrine

Knock Shrine has a rich and fascinating history, both in the context of the Apparition and in its local and social history. It is best explored by a visit to the award-winning Knock Museum, which is located in the grounds of Knock Shrine and is open all year round. The remarkable story of Knock is told here in great detail, as well as the stories of all of the ordinary people who witnessed the Apparition in 1879.

The Story of Knock began on the 21st August, 1879 when, at approximately 8 o’clock in the evening, fifteen people from the village of Knock in Co. Mayo, witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, a Lamb and cross on an altar at the gable wall of the Parish Church.The witnesses watched the Apparition in the pouring rain for two hours, reciting the Rosary. Although they themselves were saturated not a single drop of rain fell on the gable or vision. There were fifteen official witnesses to the Apparition, most of whom were from the village of Knock and surrounding areas and ranged in age from just 5 years old to 74 years old. Each of the witnesses gave testimonies to a Commission of  Enquiry in October 1879. The findings of the Commission were that the testimonies were both trustworthy and satisfactory.

Knock Shrine Mass Times

WINTER PROGRAMME
Valid from Monday 15th October, 2018 – Sunday 28th April, 2019

SUNDAYS AND HOLYDAYS
Eve of Sundays and Holydays
7.30pm in Parish Church
9.00am Parish Church
10.30am Parish Church
12.00 noon Basilica
3.00pm Basilica

WEEKDAYS
9.00am Parish Church
11.00am * Parish Church
12.00noon Parish Church
3.00pm Parish Church
7.30pm Parish Church* Please note the 11am weekday Mass runs for the month of November only, for the Holy Souls

CONFESSIONS
Daily from 11.00am – 4.00pm in the Chapel of Reconciliation
Adoration is also held in Chapel of Reconciliation from 11.00am until 4.00pm each day until the beginning of next season.

Masses are streamed live each day. To watch Mass, please visit our Watch page.

Pilgrimage Season Mass Times & Ceremonies

There are daily Masses and Ceremonies throughout the Pilgrimage Season at Knock Shrine. For those who are unable to travel to Knock, Masses are available to watch live each day on our Watch page.

Confessions take place daily from 11am-5pm in the Chapel of Reconciliation.

Anointing of the Sick takes place daily at the 12 noon & 3pm Mass on weekdays
and at 2.30pm on Sundays in the Basilica.

Stations of the Cross take place Monday to Saturday at 2pm.

Traditional Latin Mass takes  place at 5.30pm on the second Sunday of each month place in the Parish Church.

Public Vigils take place on the first Friday of the month from May – December with
Confessions from 8pm-9pm & Vigil from 9pm until Midnight in the Basilica.

Accommodation At Knock Shrine

You can find suitable accommodation at or near Knock Shrine via the Ireland Directory Pages

Q When Does The Pilgrimage Season Begin?

The Pilgrimage Season will run from 28 April to 13 October 2019
Masses will take place daily in the Parish Church & Basilica, the full programme of ceremonies will be available shortly. If you are travelling with a group and would like to celebrate a private Mass, we are happy to accommodate your group in the Apparition Chapel. Private Masses must be requested in advance. Find out more on our Visit page.

Please note that all services, including Confessions, Anointing of the Sick, Prayer Guidance as well as the Museum and Bookshop are available daily throughout the pilgrimage season.

Q Are There Places To Eat & Sleep?

The best way for visitors to experience Knock Shrine is by staying in the peaceful and tranquil village and by taking the opportunity to experience all that Knock Shrine has to offer. Take part in Prayer Guidance, visit the award-winning Knock Museum, attend daily Masses and Confessions, browse a wonderful collection of books and souvenirs at the Bookshop, take time to pray in the Apparition Chapel, the sacred place where the Apparition was witnessed in 1879, or simply walk the beautiful and peaceful grounds and gardens at Knock Shrine. See below details for Café Le Cheile restaurant, Knock House Hotel and Knock Caravan and Camping. There is also a great variety of local B&B’s, Guest Houses or self-catering accommodation in Knock. Find out more about local B&B accommodation here…

Q What Can I Do When Visiting Knock Shrine?

Family Visits
Take a day to make special memories at Knock Shrine…
Join a free daily Guided Tour of Knock Shrine grounds and become enthralled by the fascinating story of the Apparition of 1879 and discover more about the ordinary people who witnessed this miraculous event.
Visit the award-winning Knock Museum which tells the compelling story of the Apparition of 1879 (audio guides available in seven languages), take time to explore the quaint thatched cottage and artefacts on display. The gift shop at Knock Museum offers a great range of crafted goods including beautiful handmade pottery, jewellery, scarves, baskets and exquisite Knock Medals
The HUB (Hear, Understand, Believe) is a place for young people and children (5+ years) at the Shrine. It is a bright, welcoming and happy space where you will find a kids club and drop-in centre. The HUB also run summer camps throughout the summer and is open Wednesday- Sunday from 30th June
Take a while to explore the ‘Apparition Mosaic’ in the Basilica, the largest mosaic of its kind in Europe. The Mosaic is an enormous and impressive artwork contains over 1.5 million mosaic tiles. The mosaic depicts in vivid detail the Apparition scene and the ordinary villagers, of all ages, who witnessed the heavenly vision.
A complimentary shuttle bus operates everyday throughout the pilgrimage season and can take you from A to B so you can fully explore the various places, sights and sounds!

Individual Visits
Take some time out of busy life for peace, reflection and prayer
Take part in a Prayer Guidance session (available daily), walk around the meandering paths in the Shrine grounds and enjoy the beautiful gardens and listen to the sounds of nature
Visit the Bookshop, located in the grounds of Knock Shrine where you can browse a broad range of spiritual and religious books. The bookshop also stocks a range of other religious and spiritual gifts.
Attend one of the daily ceremonies, confessions or take time to explore the beautiful churches, each with its own unique architecture and artistic elements, including the ‘Apparition Mosaic’ in the Basilica, the stained glass window from Harry Clarke Studios in Knock Parish Church, or the stunning mosaic in the Chapel of Reconciliation
Spend some quiet time in the Apparition Chapel and enjoy the peaceful and prayerful atmosphere
Enjoy a lunch relaxed lunch at Café Le Chéile, St Mary’s or head to Knock House Hotel to enjoy a delicious evening meal


Group Visits
Diocesan, Parish, Tour Groups, Societies & Clubs
A visit to the Apparition Chapel (Shrine) is the perfect way to experience the peace and calm of the Shrine. Private Mass for groups who are travelling with a priest are also available upon request. Contact our guided tours office for further assistance guidedtours@knockshrine.ie or phone (094) 93 88100
Guided Tours – take a stroll with an experienced tour guide to hear all about the rich and fascinating history of the Shrine. The tour takes you through the beautifully landscaped grounds, visiting all places of interest including the Apparition Chapel and Gable Wall, Papal Cross, Basilica and Chapel of Reconciliation. This is a free service and pre-booking is essential.
Visit the Bookshop, located in the grounds of Knock Shrine where you can browse a broad range of spiritual and religious books. The bookshop also stocks a range of other religious and spiritual gifts.
Attend one of the daily ceremonies, confessions or take time to explore the beautiful churches, each with its own unique architecture and artistic elements, including the ‘Apparition Mosaic’ in the Basilica, the stained glass window from Harry Clarke Studios in Knock Parish Church, or the stunning mosaic in the Chapel of Reconciliation

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