The rector of Knock Shrine, Fr Richard Gibbons, has both written and personally chosen this collection of prayers which are inspired by the life lived in Knock and what Knock means to all the pilgrims, visitors, volunteers and parishioners that make up its story. They range from Novena prayers to Our Lady of Knock to prayers for workers, families, hospitality, healing, nature and even dogs!
This book is a resource for those who may not get the chance to pray, have forgotten how to or would just like something simple and accessible to help them journey along the pilgrim road of life.
The story of Knock began on the 21 August 1879 when, at approximately 8pm, 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. Ireland’s National Marian Shrine now attracts 1.5 million pilgrims each year from all over the world during the pilgrimage season from April-October.
Fr Richard Gibbons was born in Co. Mayo in 1969. He studied philosophy and theology in Rome and was ordained in 1999. In 2003, he was appointed curate to Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock, and has ministered in Knock until his appointment as Parish Priest in 2012.