· Traditional novena in Knock Shrine ·
Knock, 17. “Merciful like the Father”. The traditional novena to the Blessed Virgin of Knock, Ireland, has the same theme as the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy inducted by Pope Francis. The novena began on Sunday, 14 August, and will conclude on Monday the 22nd, marked by celebrations and seminars hosted by the Shrine of Our Lady.
Bishop Michael Smith of Meath opened the celebrations with a reflection on the theme of mercy. On Saturday, 20 August, Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe will offer a talk entitled “The Name of God is Mercy”, while the following day Bishop Peter Doran of Elphin will preach on the theme “The Joy of the Gospel”, and Fr Richard Gibbons, rector of the Marian shrine, will offer a reflection entitled “Knock, an engagement with Mercy”.
St. Peter’s Square
July 18, 2018