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Our Lady of Banneux, Our Lady of the Poor, Our Lady of all Nations

The Apparitions at Banneux in 1933

On the evening of Sunday 15 January, 1933, at about seven o’clock, Mariette Beco was in the kitchen with her mother while waiting for her younger brother Julien to arrive home at their house in Banneux, a Belgian village fifty miles north-east of Beauraing. She looked out of the window into the dark night again, to see if he was coming, and was surprised to see a young lady out in the yard, seemingly made of light and smiling at her. Mariette noticed the oval light that surrounded her body; she was bent slightly forward and inclined to the left and was wearing a long white gown with a blue sash, as well as a transparent white veil on her head. Mariette could see a golden rose on her right foot and a rosary with a golden chain and cross hanging on her right arm, which was joined to the left in prayer.

Mariette told her mother about this, but Mrs. Beco, who had initially joked that perhaps it might be the Blessed Virgin, became frightened on seeing a white light shaped like a person, with what looked like a sheet over its head, and closed the curtain. Mariette though took another look and still saw the Lady smiling at her, and taking courage she began to pray with the rosary beads she had only recently found on the road.

She recited several decades and saw the apparition’s lips move in prayer, before the Lady beckoned her with her finger to come outside. As she moved towards the door though, her mother, alarmed by now, locked it, and by the time Mariette had returned to the window the Lady had gone.

Nothing happened the next evening, Monday 16th, but the local priest, Fr. Jamin, was surprised to see Mariette at Mass on the Tuesday morning for the first time in months. She also came to his catechism class, and impressed, he asked her to give her account of what had happened, which he noted down immediately afterwards.

He tried to catch her out by claiming she had seen the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, but Mariette insisted that the Lady she had seen was inclined forward and much more beautiful.

On Wednesday 18 January, Mariette left the house at seven o’clock in the evening, and knelt to say the rosary near the front gate as her father watched. Suddenly she raised her arms, because, as she was later to recount, she could see the Blessed Virgin descending towards her between two tall pine trees, a tiny figure growing larger and more luminous as she approached, stopping near her on a small greyish cloud about a foot from the ground.

She joined in Mariette’s prayers but did not touch the rosary that hung from her arm. Mariette then rose and went out through the gate and onto the road. She later said that the Lady had again beckoned her with her finger and she had followed her out.

She fell to her knees with a thud on two occasions, before turning to the right and kneeling for a third time on the ditch, placing her hands into some water there. She said later that the Lady had told her to do this, and the bystanders heard her repeat aloud: “This stream is reserved for me,” and “Good evening.” As the apparition disappeared over the pines, growing ever smaller, Mariette came to herself and was then questioned about what she had seen.

Next evening, Thursday 19 January, Mariette again left the house at about seven and knelt down in the snow to pray. After a couple of decades of the rosary she again saw the Lady, stretched out her arms and said: “Oh, she is here!” before asking her who she was, to hear the reply: “I am the Virgin of the poor.” She then took the same path to the spring by the ditch, again falling to her knees on a total of three occasions. Mary spoke to her: “This spring is reserved for all the nations – to relieve the sick.” Finally Mariette repeated the last words of the Lady for this apparition, which only lasted about seven minutes: “I shall pray for you. Au Revoir.”

Mariette continued on subsequent evenings to pray, on her own sometimes, often with her father too, but it was only after three weeks of disappointment that the Lady again appeared to her on 11 February, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Six people were present on this cold, moonlit, Saturday evening, and after reaching the spring, with similar genuflections as before, Mariette plunged her hand into the water and blessed herself, while appearing to listen intently to someone.

After a few minutes Mariette thanked her unseen visitor and tearfully made her way back to the house, indicating the Lady’s words: “I come to relieve suffering.” Afterwards she went to see Fr. Jamin and gave him a full account of what had happened.

There were no more apparitions until 15 February, when several ladies and Mariette’s mother were with her in the garden. The rosary was recited and then Mariette again saw the beautiful Lady, reporting that the priest had asked her for a sign and then listening intently for several minutes before bursting into tears. She could only say that the Lady had said: “Believe in me, I will believe in you. Pray much. Au Revoir.”

On Monday 20 February, Mariette again made her way to the spring, just over a hundred yards away, and was able to report Mary’s words as being simply: “My dear child, pray much.” The final apparition, the eighth, took place on 2 March 1933. In reply to Mary’s words, “I am the Mother of the Saviour, Mother of God, Pray much,” Mariette could only say, “Yes, yes.” Mary then blessed Mariette as she had done during the fourth apparition and indicated that this was indeed the last apparition by saying “Adieu,” instead of “Au Revoir,” as before.

Banneux was investigated from 1935 until 1937 by an Episcopal commission, after which the evidence collected was submitted to Rome. Meanwhile growing numbers of pilgrims came to the shrine, and in May 1942 Bishop Kerkhofs of Liege approved the cult of the Virgin of the Poor. In 1947 the apparitions themselves received preliminary approval, with this becoming definite in 1949. Like the children at Beauraing, Mariette married and had a family, being, like them, content to remain in the background.

 

At Banneux Mary said even less than at Beauraing, perhaps indicating that we are now meant to meditate on her words rather than continually look for new “messages.”

 

“This stream is reserved for me, Good evening.”

“Push your hands into the water.”

“I am the Virgin of the poor. “

“This spring is reserved for all the nations – to relieve the sick.”

“I shall pray for you. Au Revoir.”

“I come to relieve suffering.”

“Believe in me, I will believe in you. Pray much. Au Revoir.”

“My dear child, pray much. Au Revoir.”

“I am the Mother of the Saviour, Mother of God, Pray much. Adieu.”

Sources: Maloy, “The Virgin of the Poor,” in A Woman clothed with the Sun; Wuillaume, Banneux: a message for our time.

 

Our Lady of Banneux

By Michael K. Jones

 

In 1933 just 12 days after the apparition at Beauraing, Belgium, rumor was about that another apparition was taking place in Banneux. Though suspicion was widespread at first, the concerns of the faithful were quickly changed by the select few who were witness to the heavenly visits to Mariette Beco.

12 year old Mariette was the oldest daughter of 11 children. She was said to be a sturdy outdoor type with strong headedness. Helpful to her mother by caring for the family needs, she was said to be robust and normal in every way.

On Jan. 15, her 10-year-old brother Julien was late coming home for supper. Concerned, Mariette knelt on a bench by the front window to keep watch for him.

Suddenly, she noticed a lovely lady surrounded in light with a motherly smile. The lady was dressed in a dazzlingly white gown with a blue sash. Covering her head and shoulders, she had a veil as white as the dress. The right foot of the lady was slightly exposed showing a beautiful golden rose. Hung on her right arm was a rosary with a brilliance of diamonds with gold chain.

Mariette thought the oil lamp was reflecting on the window causing the image, yet upon moving the lamp the lady remained. After repeated attempts to call her mother to take a look, Mrs. Beco did see something though not as clearly as did Mariette.

The second apparition took place three days later. Kneeling in the cold frigid night air, Mariette said a rosary. The lady stood on a cloud just a few feet away from Mariette. The lady lead Mariette till Mariette fell on her knees on the side of a ditch, were a previously unknown spring was found.

The lady spoke, “Place your hand in the spring.” Mariette did as she was instructed. Speaking aloud Mariette shouted, “This stream is reserved for me.” After this the lady disappeared. 

Mr. Beco and two sons’ had follow Mariette that evening. They witnessed the unusual actions of Mariette and wondered why Mariette kept repeating over and over, “The spring is reserved for me.”

The next apparition took place the follow night and Mariette was followed this evening by several observers. During this apparition Mariette ask the beautiful lady, “Who are you?” The lady surrounded in light replied, “I am the Virgin of the Poor.”

Mariette asked why the spring was for Her. The Virgin of the Poor told Mariette that the spring was to relieve the sick of all nations. Soon after the Virgin of the Poor disappeared once again.

Other visitations were to occur, 11 in all. On the visitation of Friday January 20th, witnesses heard Mariette say, “What do you wish my beautiful Lady?” The reply received was, “I would like a small Chapel.”

The last visitation took place on the evening of March 2, 1933. The Lady exclaimed, “I am the Mother of the Savior, Mother of God. Pray much.”

After the process of investigation, the apparitions in Banneux were approved in 1942, a small chapel stands where the Virgin of the Poor requested.

 

 

 

http://www.theotokos.org.uk/pages/approved/appariti/banneux.html

http://www.medjugorjeusa.org/banneux.htm

 

 

Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the word, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Mother of Divine Grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Savior, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the Covenant, pray for us.
Gate of heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of angels, pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of prophets, pray for us.
Queen of apostles, pray for us.
Queen of martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of confessors, pray for us.
Queen of virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all Saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without Original Sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into Heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Queen of the Church, pray for us.

 

 

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world; spare us O Lord!
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world; graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us.Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let us pray:
O God, whose only begotten Son by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation, grant, we pray, that meditating upon these mysteries in the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Amen.

 

 

Litany of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins,
pray for us.
Mother of the Crucified,
pray for us.
Sorrowful Mother,
pray for us.
Mournful Mother,
pray for us.
Sighing Mother,
pray for us.
Afflicted Mother,
pray for us.
Foresaken Mother,
pray for us.
Desolate Mother,
pray for us.
Mother most sad,
pray for us.
Mother set around with anguish,
pray for us.
Mother overwhelmed by grief,
pray for us.
Mother transfixed by a sword,
pray for us.
Mother crucified in thy heart,
pray for us.
Mother bereaved of thy Son,
pray for us.
Sighing Dove,
pray for us.
Mother of Dolors,
pray for us.
Fount of tears,
pray for us.
Sea of bitterness,
pray for us.
Field of tribulation,
pray for us.
Mass of suffering,
pray for us.
Mirror of patience,
pray for us.
Rock of constancy,
pray for us.
Remedy in perplexity,
pray for us.
Joy of the afflicted,
pray for us.
Ark of the desolate,
pray for us.
Refuge of the abandoned,
pray for us.
Shield of the oppressed,
pray for us.
Conqueror of the incredulous,
pray for us.
Solace of the wretched,
pray for us.
Medicine of the sick,
pray for us.
Help of the faint,
pray for us.
Strength of the weak,
pray for us.
Protectress of those who fight,
pray for us.
Haven of the shipwrecked,
pray for us.
Calmer of tempests,
pray for us.
Companion of the sorrowful,
pray for us.
Retreat of those who groan,
pray for us.
Terror of the treacherous,
pray for us.
Standard-bearer of the Martyrs,
pray for us.
Treasure of the Faithful,
pray for us.
Light of Confessors,
pray for us.
Pearl of Virgins,
pray for us.
Comfort of Widows,
pray for us.
Joy of all Saints,
pray for us.
Queen of thy Servants,
pray for us.
Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled,
pray for us.

Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary: grant that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows, may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion, Who lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

Pope Pius VII

 

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1 Comment »

  1. I came across this article by accident. Would like to know more of the life of Mariette.

    Calvin Cooray – Sri Lanka

    Comment by Calvin Boniface Cooray — March 29, 2012 @ 8:55 am | Reply


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