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Our Lady of Banneux: January 15th

Our Lady of Banneux: January 15th

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OUR LADY of BANNEUX, FEBRUARY 15, 1933. (a Church permitted apparition)

Banneaux is an unremarkable village on the sting of the Ardennes Mountains. In 1933 the Beco household have been dwelling there in a small home constructed by the daddy, Julien, an unemployed wire maker. There have been seven youngsters and the household was poor, dwelling primarily on produce from their little vegetable backyard. They have been nominally Catholic and never conspicuously religious.

Mariette was the oldest of the youngsters, aged eleven. On the night of January 15 she was taking care of two of her brothers who have been ailing, and on the similar time watching out for his or her father to return. She was nervous and didn’t just like the lengthy darkish winter evenings.

As she peered by means of the curtains she all of a sudden turned conscious of a vibrant mild hovering within the center distance. After a couple of minutes the sunshine shaped itself right into a human determine—–“a beautiful lady,” as Mariette later reported. The lady was wearing white and blue and was holding a rosary. Mariette seemed once more after which referred to as to her mom, Louise, “A beautiful lady in our garden is smiling at me!” Her mom appeared out however noticed solely a obscure type. “Perhaps it’s the Virgin Mary!” she exclaimed, not unkindly.


At college the subsequent day Mariette advised her story to her greatest good friend, Josephine Leonard, who solely laughed. This upset Mariette, so Josephine questioned whether or not there is perhaps one thing in it in any case. After faculty the 2 women went to see the parish priest, Father Louis Jamin.

An amazing change now came to visit Mariette, who had beforehand been slightly unruly, a lot given to enjoying truant and neglecting her classes. She started to organize her schoolwork completely, and every morning went early to church to wish.

On January 18, at seven within the night, Mariette went out into the backyard. Her father adopted her. The woman knelt down and commenced to wish her rosary. Her father watched in amazement as she raised her arms as if greeting somebody. Once more, as she later swore on oath, Mariette noticed the determine she had first seen from the upstairs window: “She seemed to be standing on a platform of smoke.” Her father, who might see nothing, rode off on his bicycle and returned together with his neighbor Michel Charleseche and Michel’s son, who was about the identical age as Mariette.

When the three returned, Mariette was strolling out of the backyard and into the street. “She is calling me,” she stated.


They watched as twice she fell to her knees on the frosty floor and prayed earnestly. When Mariette later described what had been occurring that night time, she stated, “The Lady referred to as for me to comply with her to the spring. She requested me to place my hand within the water and once I did so she stated, ‘This spring is to be dedicated to me.’ “

Mariette then returned house, went to mattress and fell asleep. Father Jamin was despatched for, and requested Julien Beco what the unusual affair was all about. Julien, a lapsed Catholic, was in a extremely emotional state and informed the priest that he was sure his daughter had acquired visions of the Blessed Virgin. He made an appointment on the confessional for the next day and expressed his want to return to the Church.

The subsequent day, the apparition got here once more to Mariette at seven within the night. Others gathered within the backyard as she requested of the imaginative and prescient, “Who are you, madame?”

The Lady replied, “I am the Virgin of the Poor.” Once more she led Mariette to the icy spring and informed her that sooner or later it might relieve the sick of all nations. The next day the Virgin appeared once more and stated that she desired just a little chapel to be inbuilt her honor at Banneux. When the imaginative and prescient had departed, Mariette fainted. The Virgin didn’t return for a number of weeks, and Mariette was teased and taunted for her credulity.

Then on February 11 Our Lady appeared once more to Mariette and guided her to the spring. The Virgin stated, “I come to relieve suffering.” Later Mariette was interviewed by Father Jamin and stated, “It would be pleasing to the Lady for me to make my First Communion.”

On the 15th, accompanied by her mom, Mariette went out once more into the backyard together with her rosary. Directly the Virgin appeared and Mariette fell to her knees. She stated, “Holy Mother, Father Jamin asked me to ask you to give us a sign.” The Virgin replied cryptically, “Believe in me, and I will believe in you!” After which she vanished from sight once more, having enjoined Mariette to “Pray very much.”

On February 20 the Our Lady appeared once more, and stated gravely to Mariette, “My dear child, pray very much . . .”

On March 2, within the pouring rain, Mariette once more went out into the backyard at round seven within the night. Those that had noticed her all through the apparitions remarked how, because the youngster’s conversations with the Virgin proceeded, her speech turned extra speedy and her voice was raised in pitch. On this event the younger visionary knew that this was her final imaginative and prescient, as a result of the Virgin stated, “Adieu.” Earlier than this she informed Mariette, “I am the Mother of God.”

The story of the apparitions at Beauraing is said under. Some individuals in Banneux steered that Mariette had invented her account of her visions after listening to of these occasions, which passed off solely about fifty miles/80 km away.


In January 1935 a fee was appointed, on the authority of Cardinal Van Roey, to review reviews of visions in Banneux, Beauraing and elsewhere in Belgium, all of which had occurred inside a only a few years. Mariette was interrogated so typically that she stated, “Had I known all that I was compelled to endure, I wouldn’t have said a word about my visions. I might instead have built, all by myself, a small chapel in our garden.”

However the individuals of Banneux themselves constructed the chapel to the Virgin, and it was devoted on the Feast of the Assumption in 1933. Even earlier than the shrine was accomplished, pilgrims to Banneux made claims of supernatural cures. For example, a Spaniard named Benito Pelegri Garcia had a really badly injured proper. arm. His spouse heard the tales about Banneux and insisted that they stroll there from Barcelona. Benito thrust his arm into the spring and felt it to be boiling scorching. He exclaimed, “I have come all the way from Spain. If you are indeed the Virgin of the Poor, then prove it to me!” He withdrew the drain-tube from his arm and the wound healed instantly in entrance of many witnesses.

Bishop Kerkhof wrote an account of Banneux through which he famous twenty miraculous cures occurring between 1933 and 1938. In the course of the Second World Conflict, Cardinal Van Roey issued an encyclical through which he declared that the occasions surrounding the apparitions have been worthy of critical research. On August 22, 1949, the Bishop of Liege affirmed in a pastoral letter that the eight appearances made by Our Lady to Mariette have been to be believed.


Banneux is now one of probably the most visited shrines of Our Lady in northern Europe. The little chapel requested by her has been replicated greater than 100 occasions all through the world, and although a pilgrim church was subsequently constructed, the unique chapel stays.

The fashionable shrine is huge and imposing however by no means chilly or impersonal. Two stone circles point out the locations the place Mariette stopped and knelt earlier than Our Lady. The connection between Lourdes and Banneux was established in 1958, when a bit of the rock from Massabielle was mounted into the spring.

In St. Joseph’s Chapel behind the Beco home is a statue of St. Joseph with the Christ Baby. The sq. the place the pilgrims collect, the Esplanade, whose major altar was consecrated in 1959, has the shape of an aqueduct, symbolizing water as a supply of life. Additionally it is referred to as the Altar of the Magnificat.

On the left of the Esplanade is the Chapel of the Message. In a single nook is a carved candlestick, image of the sunshine of peace which involves pilgrims via Mary’s intercession. There’s a majestic statue of Our Lord, and on its pedestal the Beatitudes are carved in Latin.

The sheer quantity of guests made it crucial to construct the Pilgrim’s Church, accomplished in 1985 shortly earlier than the go to of Pope John Paul II. Set into the wall by the doorway is a stone from St. Peter’s in Rome. Different facilities for prayer and worship are the Chapel of the Sick and St. Michael’s Chapel, the place the Blessed Sacrament is in exposition daily.

However the piece de resistance and religious middle of the shrine stays the Chapel of the Apparitions, marking the spot the place Our Lady appeared eight occasions. An image by Leon Jamin exhibits the Virgin’s illuminated determine as seen by Mariette and within the center of the chapel a white marble plaque recollects the place the place she first noticed Our Lady. Right here a textual content declares: “She wanted to open her Motherly Heart.” The Blessed Sacrament is all the time reserved within the Tabernacle.

The opening day for pilgrimages is Might 1. The Assumption, August 15, is the event for a world pilgrimage. There was a recitation of the Rosary each night since 1933 with out fail.

Litany of Our Lady of Banneaux, Virgin of the Poor

Blessed Virgin of the Poor,
Lead us to Jesus, Supply of grace.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor,
Save all nations.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor,
Relieve the sick.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor,
Alleviate struggling.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor,
Pray for every one of us.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor,
We consider in thee.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor,
Consider in us.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor,
We’ll pray exhausting.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor,
Bless us.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor, Mom of the Saviour, Mom of God,
We thank thee.

Let Us Pray:

Our Lady of Banneux, Mom of Our Saviour, Mom of God, Virgin of the Poor, since thou hast promised to consider in us if we consider in thee, I put all my belief in thee.


Deign to take heed to the prayers that thou hast requested be addressed to thee; have pity on all our religious and temporal miseries. Restore to sinners the treasure of Religion, and provides to the poor their every day bread. Deign to alleviate struggling, to heal the sick and to wish for us, in order that thus by way of thy intercession, the reign of Christ the King might prolong over all nations. R. Amen.