The wonderful town of Knock is truly a remarkable place. A place of natural beauty and religious spirit, it is the site of a Marian Shrine, a Catholic Pilgrimage, a temple of prayer and recovery, a cradle of reverence and salvation. Visitors to Knock will find that together with the prayers, the anticipation of relief from physical or spiritual pain, the softening of the heart and the healing of the soul, they can explore the village and its surroundings and find that there is more to Knock than meets the eye.
If you are not fasting, you can start your day with a typical Irish breakfast full of Irish sausages and master quality Irish butter. You might want to prepare some sandwiches for the road as Irish bakery products are really wholesome. There are many facilities for exploring Knock, including local transportation services. You can take the bus or, if you have the energy, you can walk all the way. Remember to bring a canteen you can fill with holy water as plastic bottles are a ‘no no’ if you want to fight pollution and keep the planet clean.
Once you have arrived at the Pilgrimage, the first place to visit is the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland. More than 14,000 people can attend mass here, but more than one mass is held on days of high attendance. A divine crucifix invites you to contemplate and the pediment depicting the Apparition is wonderfully presented. The atmosphere is full of reverence and one could not have expected less from the Irish and British people as this is the holiest place in the Isles. Make sure you read the story of the Apparition. Whatever your personal beliefs may be, it is an astounding story and every detail counts. Whatever souvenirs or spiritual objects you chose to buy for yourself and your loved ones, remember to bring home a packet of Irish cookies to keep the sweet taste of Knock in your heart.
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