Knock Shrine has released a detailed program for Pope Francis's visit to Knock Shrine as part of the World Meeting of Families celebrations.
Especially for this occasion, Knock Shrine encourages everyone to arrive early for a Gathering Event & # 39; and to stay for the celebration of the Sunday Eucharistic celebration after the departure of the pope to Dublin.
At 8.25 am on the morning of Sunday 26 August the bubbles of Knock Shine will ring. All churches in the family of six dioceses belonging to the ecclesiastical province of Tuam are invited to ring their bells at the same time to indicate the beginning of the meeting at Knock and a warm céad míle fáilte & # 39; to expand to Pope Francis.
From 8.30 am there is a constructive event called Witness to faith and family. With video presentations, drama and music, pilgrims will be led in prayer and reflection until the arrival of Pope Francis. The emphasis will be on the story of Knock by the testimony of the apparitions of the witnesses and the invitation of Pope Francis to bear witness to the joy of faith and the family in the contemporary world. Music for the occasion is provided by Knock Parish Choir with guest musicians and soloists Sibéal Ní Chasáide and Anne Marie Gibbons.
Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Pope Francis will go through the assembly in the Popemobiel arriving at the Apparition Facade to 10am where he will be received by the Rector of the Sanctuary, p Richard Gibbons.
Pope Francis will spend some time in silent prayer at the place of appearance before he leaves the chapel to give a brief address and lead pilgrims in the Angelus prayer and give his apostolic blessing before leaving for Ireland West Airport , Knock and return to Dublin.
Immediately after Pope Francis leaves the sanctuary, there will be a concelebrate open mass for the twentieth Sunday of the ordinary time. Fr Gibbons will be the main celebrant and the mass will be closed by 12.30 / 13.00. This spiritual program is part of the official ticketed event.
Angelus text, a hymn sheet and general guidance / information about the liturgical events will be available for download / printing in the days prior to the event.
LAKE For more information go to www.knockshrine.ie/papal-visit.