Tomorrow we commemorate the Apparition of Our Lady of Knock. To prepare, we offer a guest post from Adrian Dulston considering the apparition in the context of Fatima, LaSalette and the Apocalypse.
When Our Lady’s message at La Salette was silenced, she very eloquently replied with a silent apparition at Knock, and that apparition ties in nicely with the Angel’s message at Fatima and the prophecies of the Apocalypse. Today’s post is from guest contributor, Mr. Dulston of BVM Servant. I hope to have a follow up article or two on Our Lady of Knock soon.
St. Michael the Archangel, The Beloved Disciple, and Ireland
December 27, 2015 by AD
Sunday overrides the Feast of St. John the Evangelist but as it’s coming up to the Fatima year of St. Michael the Archangel, that is, a hundred years since his often forgotten appearance to the Fatima children, I am reminded of other heavenly visits which warn of these precarious times.
On August 21st 1879 some Irish parishioners from the town of Knock, witnessed a vision on the back of their Church. In what is now a famous image we find Mary, Joseph, St. John the Evangelist and a Lamb on an altar with angels in flight. Many focus quite rightly on Mary in the vision but it is obvious that the scene is that of Holy Mass, and specifically the consecration of the bread into Our Lord’s Body, Who is offered as a Lamb to take away our sins, to God the Father.
(The vision depicts) the presence of Mary and Joseph, in place of the Laity attentive to the Word of God spoken by the Evangelist John, who is a priest offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Indeed, the symbolism of the Lamb is prevalent in his Gospel.
To take this vision further, I believe it points to the book of Revelation chapter 5:
“The Scroll and the Lamb
1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.
9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” 14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
This ties in with vision of Knock, but we should take note of its significance. The Book of Revelation points to the consummation of human history with this period being that of the end times. Mary once again appears to give a place of refuge for beleaguered Catholics in this increasingly dark world, offering the light of her Son who is chiefly present in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. St. John, the Beloved Disciple, who witnessed the profundity of the Mass in the shedding of water and blood at the foot of the cross with Mary also points us towards the end times and where we should look in our darkest trials.
St. Michael the Archangel also does the same pointing to the supernatural nature of the Body and Blood of Christ. We must increase Eucharistic Devotion in 2016 as the world experiences its last breath ever constricted by suffocating self-imploding culture which watches worship of self becoming a mirage of false dreams without God. St. John and St. Michael point to Christ in the Eucharist as the answer, a return to the Catholic Faith. Knock and Fatima are not independent but corresponding portents of the end times. [End]
Ed. Comment: Knock is an important message in line with the other true Marian apparitions; like La Salette and Fatima, it warns of threats to the faith, especially the priesthood and the Mass. The Sacred Tableau presented at Knock does point to the Apocalypse. And the presence of St. Joseph and St. John the Beloved, both of whom were sacerdotal figures in close contact with the Blessed Virgin, point to our Lady’s love for priests.
Because Knock is presented to us between La Salette and Fatima, I believe it is, like them, a warning of the coming chastisement. The Chastisement (which has been unfolding since 1960 and is now about to crash in its full fury) serves the purpose of bringing what is hidden to light to cleanse satan and his minions from within the Church.
This year with the eruption of the putrescence of the priest sexual abuse network in the Church, which has been aided and abetted by the rulers of the Church up to and including the current pontiff, we see more than ever, the need for fervent renewal of the faith and honesty in all areas of church governance. This cannot be accomplished without the renewal of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
After the culmination of the Chastisement, which will end with the Return of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Fatima, there will be the promised period of peace after which the Antichrist will return and will wage his final war against Christ’s Kingdom, the war in which he is vanquished completely by Our Lord Jesus Christ, King.
The Bergoglio/Danneels papacy is intent on destroying the Mass and the sacraments, using a perversion of mercy as their weapon. At Knock the emphasis was on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in absolute silence, on a cold rainy night, and most importantly, outside of the church, not within the warm, dry, secure church, but outside, in hostile weather. It gives us much to think about, doesn’t it?
Please, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!
† . Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† . Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† . Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† . St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† . St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!