Sunday 26 August
Knock Shrine Angelus, Knock, Co. Mayo
Credit Photo: WMOF2018
On Sunday 26 August 2018, as part of World Meeting of Families 2018 programme, Pope Francis will make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland in County Mayo.
The Holy Father will arrive at Knock Shrine at 9.45am on Sunday 26 August to pray for families from around the world and the fruits of WMOF2018. He will circuit in the pope mobile and pray the Angelus at the Apparition Chapel before departing from Knock Shrine at 11.15am. The Apparition at Knock was family apparition incorporating Our Lady, Saint Joseph, Jesus as the Lamb of God, and John as representing the extended family.
This will be the second time a Pope has visited Knock Shrine following the historic visit of Saint Pope John Paul II on 30 September 1979 to mark the centenary of the Apparition.
The actual anniversary of the Apparition of our Lady in Knock is 21 of August, the day that World Meeting of Families 2018 officially begins.
Attendance to this event is free and ticketed. All tickets for this event are booked out.
Please see the latest updates on tickets here
Some details on the event
To make the most of this special occasion, Knock Shrine are encouraging people to arrive early for a ‘Gathering Event’ and to stay for the open-air celebration of the Sunday Eucharist after the Pope’s departure for Dublin.
At 8.25am on the morning of Sunday August 26th, the bells of Knock Shine will ring out. All churches in the family of six dioceses that make up the ecclesiastical province of Tuam are invited to ring their bells at the same time to signal the beginning of the gathering at Knock and to extend a warm Céad Míle Fáilte to Pope Francis.
Starting from 8.30am, there will be an uplifting Gathering Event entitled Witness to Faith and Family. With video presentations, drama and music pilgrims will be led in prayer and reflection until the arrival of the Holy Father. Focus will be on the story of Knock through the testimony of the Apparition witnesses and Pope Francis’ invitation to witness to the joy of faith and family in our contemporary world. Music for the occasion will be provided by Knock Parish Choir with guest musicians and soloists Sibéal Ní Chasáide and Anne Marie Gibbons.
Upon arrival at the Shrine, the Holy Father will move through the assembly in the Pope Mobile arriving at the Apparition Gable towards 10am where he will be met by the Rector of the Shrine Father Richard Gibbons.
His Holiness will spend some time in silent prayer at the site of the Apparition before exiting the chapel to deliver a short address and lead pilgrims in the Angelus Prayer and imparting his Apostolic Blessing before departing for Ireland West Airport, Knock and returning to Dublin.
Directly after the Holy Father has departed the Shrine, there will be a concelebrated open-air Mass for the Twenty First Sunday of Ordinary Time. Father Richard Gibbons will be the main celebrant and the mass will be concluded by 12.30/1pm. This spiritual programme is part of the official ticketed event.
Angelus text, a hymn sheet and general guidance/information on the liturgical events will be available for download/printing in the days prior to the event. For further information visit www.knockshrine.ie/papal-visit
For those interested in attending
For your safety and comfort, it is essential that you are aware of the following before committing to attending this event.
Getting around Knock if you are not attending
We are aiming to ensure that any disruption to businesses and individuals is minimised as much as possible. Necessary alternative arrangements are being developed and will be communicated to those impacted well in advance.
For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions about the Knock event.