277- Advent Candles and Opportunity

The 4 Sundays of Advent lead to the Nativity of Jesus Christ. The first candle begins the time for creating a more meaningful Christmas season experience than ever before.

Also in this week’s podcast, I’m going to include reflections from a time not overshadowed by Corona and Vaccinations.

Back to when it was the hustle and bustle of crowded stores and traffic jams that were our concern during pre-Christmas planning.

1st candle of Advent Wreath is glowing
1st candle of Advent Wreath is glowing- Hawaii Catholic Herald.com
Photo with text that reads as follows;Let us journey towards the Feast of the Nativity with joyous hearts! Fast no only from food, but also from hatred and fear. Bring forth goodness and kindness to all. Forgive, Be generous, In all thints, give glory to God.

Image from : Nativity Fast from catholiclife.blogspot.com

More information on the daily prayers with an Advent Wreath

Nativity Fast (It’s never too late to start)- Wikipedia

The Virgin Mary’s Role in Advent– Fr. Roger J. Landry

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276- A Pre-Holiday “Worry-Free” Special

This episode includes a surprise while visiting a church in Nuremberg, plus a history of the Entrance of the Theotokos and, a way to cope with holiday shortages this year.

Side view of the church "Church of Our Lady," Nuremberg, Germany
Side view of the church “Church of Our Lady,” Nuremberg, Germany
The rehearsal inside the “Church of Our Lady” October, 2021
Painting by Fredi diBartolo of maiden Mary on the steps of the temple
Presentation of Mary in the Temple- by Fredi diBartolo

Links to more information about topics in this podcast

Veronika’s Adventure travelogue: Nuremburg Old Town- VeronikasAdventure.com

Amazing Evening Photo of the “Weihnachtsmarkt” in Nuremberg during Christmas- Expedia.com

Tips for viewing and architecture info from some folks touring “Church of Our Lady”

The Entrance of the Theotokos- GoArch.org

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple- StHermanSOCA.org

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275- The Infant Jesus of Prague & Our Lady Victorious

The story of Our Lady Victorious, as the name implies, has differing Marian roots from two churches with similar names. One from last weeks’ podcast Episode (274) while I was in Paris and the other from an early fall podcast (Episode 269) when I was in Upstate New York.

Our Lady Victorious Church in Prague
Our Lady Victorious Church in Prague

As for the people of Prague, there is a special connection that dovetails with a miraculous statue known as “Infant Jesus of Prague” which is at home in the Our Lady Victorious church.

Statue of Infant Jesus of Prague inside Our Lady Victorious Church in Prague
Statue of Infant Jesus of Prague inside Our Lady Victorious Church in Prague
Close up of the entrance to Our Lady Victorious church in Prague
Our Lady Victorious in Prague

Podcast sources & more about Our Lady Victorious, Infant Jesus of Prague and the Nativity Fast:

The Infant Jesus of Prague- infantprague

Church of Our Lady Victorious- prague.org

Timeline of the Infant of Prague- pragjesu.cz

Nativity Fast- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.org

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274- Our Lady of Victory/Notre-Dame des Victoires (Paris)

As promised, I explore Notre-Dame des Victoires in Paris. This is the Basilica where Venerable Father Nelson Baker (his story is in Episode 269) found his devotion to the Virgin Mary as well as the story of the Basilica’s history.

A history that includes Father Charles Degenelles who also was inspired by the Madonna back in 1836.

Oh yes, there are over 37,000 ex voto offerings from other pilgrims found covering the walls of this storied place of worship.

Photo of the lifesize statue of Our Lady of Victories with the infant Jesus, inside Notre-Dame des Victoires.
The lifesize statue of Our Lady of Victories with the infant Jesus, inside Notre-Dame des Victoires.
Closer view of the marble relief at Notre-Dame des Victoires. The 4th station of the cross, Jesus meets his mother. Some of the 37,000 ex volo plaques surrounding it.
The marble relief at Notre-Dame des Victoires. The 4th station of the cross, Jesus meets his mother. Note some of the 37,000 ex volo offerings (plaques) around it.
Photo of the santurary of Notre-Dames des Victoires.
The sanctuary of Notre-Dames des Victoires.
Photo of the front of Notre-Dames des Victoires in Paris, France.
The front of Notre-Dames des Victoires in Paris, France.
The area around Notre-Dame des Victoires

A marblel relief at Notre-Dame des Victoires. The 4th station of the cross, Jesus meets his mother. Some of the 37,000 ex volo plaques surrounding it
Marble relief at Notre-Dame des Victoires. The 4th Station of the Cross. Jesus meets his mother. Some of the 37,000 ex volo plaques surround it.
A different video of the street scene in front of Notre-Dame des Victoires

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Our Lady of Victory (Paris, FR)- Roman Catholic Saints.com

Basilica of Notre-Dame des Victoires- notredamedesvictoires.com

Father Charles Desgenettes- Wikipedia.com

A YouTube video of the inside of the Basilica- by Vincent Hildebrandt

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273- The Virgin Mary’s Parents and Their Story

Ever thought of the Madonna when she was a baby? How about before she was born? I have uncovered the story of the parents of the Mother of God. This is the story of Joachim and Anna (Ann)

More information about Joachim and Anna:

Icon of Joachim and Anna with the Baby Mary

This icon and more info about Joachim and Anna (Ann) are from orthodoxwiki.org

“Jake’s Story” found on the Sts Joachim & Ann Care Service, St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren, Missouri: https://www.jacares.org/blog/

Joachim and Anne’s Story from the People of God in Trinidad and Tobago- CatholicTT.org

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272- A Message of Hope. Our Lady of La Salette

A Message of Hope. This podcast is from my book The Constant Procession about Our Lady of La Salette.

A 14th century monk, Gregory Palamas observed about the Madonna that “While on earth, she harkened and obeyed heavenly things rather than things earthly.”

Also, in the words of an Orthodox Archbishop John Maximovitch who lived from 1896-1966: “The end of the earthly life of the Virgin Mary was the beginning of her greatness.”

Photo of La Salette
La Salette

For More Information about Our Lady of La Salette:

From the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette-lasattleboroshrine.org

From Wikipedia

The Wayback Machine– University of Dayton

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271- Pt 2: Fatima Apparition & a wreath

Part 2- Our Lady of Fatima, Spanish Influenza & The Farm in Conyers, GA

A poignant reminder of the Spanish Influenza pandemic is the effect it had on the youngest seers, Francisco and his sister Jacinta Marto, who recently became saints at the 100 year commemoration in Fatima on May 13, 2017.

Unusual photo of 3 seers of fatima
Saint Jacinta (L) and brother Saint Francisco (R)

Both died from the effects of the Spanish Influenza before turning 12.

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM THIS WEEKS PODCAST:

The New Saints- Catholic News Agency.com

The Pope Makes History- American Magazine.org

Conyers.org has more about The Farm/Our Loving Mothers CHILDREN – Conyers.org

Our Loving Mother’s Children held a commemorative Fatima prayer service at “The Farm” on May 13, 2021. It included the crowning of a statue of the Virgin Mary with a wreath followed by a day of activities. Conyers.org

Photo of the main statue of the Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus at Our Loving Mother's Children, May 13, 2021 before the crowning with a wreath of flowers ceremony.
Statue of the Virgin with child at “The Farm” for Our Loving Mother’s Children’s ‘Fatima celebration’ (May 13, 2021)
for more about them visit their website- Conyers.org
Photo of main statue with the wreath of flowers crowning the Virgin Mary, May 13 2021
Close up photo of main statue with the wreath of flowers crowning the Virgin Mary
Photo of the small statue of the Virgin Mary that can be seen in the center during the Rosary prayers following the crowning of the larger statue with a wreath of flowers on May 13, 2021 at The Farm.
The 3′ statue of ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ in very center of this photo
The shawl shimmers as it moves across the statue of the Virgin Mary as mentioned in the podcast.

Here’s Episode 166 from the 2017 wreath crowning mentioned in the podcast

Photo of several of the memorials to the Virgin Mary in the woods at Our Mother's Children in Conyers, GA
Memorials to the Virgin Mary from all over the world in the forest at ‘The Farm’ in Conyers, GA- Conyers.org

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270- Part 1: The Fatima Apparition

Part 1- This week’s podcast celebrates the Fatima Apparitions from 1917. The October 13th apparition was the final of the 6 visitations of the Virgin Mary to the three little children in Portugal back in 1917.

The Fatima Shrine pilgrims at the Centennial Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary- May 13, 2017
One recent interpretation of the story… link is to DVD or on line video stream

Links for more information about The Apparitions of The Virgin Mary in Fatima in 1917:

A timeline of events- Fatima Centennial.com

The Two Little Saints- The Splendor of the Church.com

My ‘live’ post while attending the Centennial event at the Fatima shrine in Portugal on May 13, 2017

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269- Our Lady of Victory & Father Baker

“She Did It All” Venerable Nelson Baker would say in regards to “Our Lady of Victory” whenever something had been achieved for the needy. “Father Baker” as he preferred to be called, is now in the process of consideration for Sainthood.
Photo of a statue in park across street from OLV Basilica of Mary with Jesus and words "She Did It All" on base
“She Did It All” statue across from the Basilica- photo by Nikos Steves
Photo of the exterior of Our Lady of Victory Shrine & Basilica in Lackawanna, NY
Photo of the National Shrine & Basilica of Our Lady of Victory (OLV)- Photo by Nikos Steves 8.24.21
Exterior of the main entrance of OLV, words Hail Our Blessed Lady of Victory above doors
Inscription above the entrance: Hail Our Blessed Lady of Victory

For more information about Our Lady of Victory Shrine & Basilica and Father Baker:

OLV National Shrine & Basilica- OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Direct link to the OLV video from their 3D tour (YouTube)

Photo of Priests POV looking back into the sanctuary of OLV
Priests POV looking through the Sanctuary of OLV
Interior of one side of the Basilica with marble columns
Interior of side columns and lifesize statues of some of the Stations of the Cross

Sources for some information included in this podcast:

OLV National Shrine & Basilica- Father Baker’s Story

Servant of God- Catholicism.org

Celebrating Father Baker Day- Catholicarchives.org

Photo of one block of campus buildings across the street from the OLV Basilica
Some of the Buildings of the OLV campus across the street from the Basilica
Photo of a campus building entrance with sign Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity
The service centers are now called OLV Human Services
Illustration of Venerable Nelson H. Baker and a prayer for him to become a saint
Link to donating to the cause for Sainthood

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268- Part 2: Saint Marianne Cope

Part 2- Saint Marianne Cope and 6 nuns went to the Sandwich Islands in 1883 bringing decades of experience dealing with infectious disease with them.

Photo of a St. Marianne Cope in a garden- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives
Photo of St. Marianne Cope in a garden- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives
Photo of St Anthony's Chapel new Reliquary Blessing in Syracuse. Oct 2010- courtesy of St Marianne Cope, Museum Archives
St Anthony’s Chapel new Reliquary Blessing in Syracuse. Oct 2010- courtesy of St Marianne Cope, Museum Archives
New Reliquary in St Anthony Chapel, Syracuse- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives
New Reliquary in St Anthony Chapel, Syracuse (2010)- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives
Photo of the Final Resting Place for St. Marianne Cope at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawaii
Final Resting Place for St. Marianne Cope at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu- wje.com

Miraculous Experiences surrounding Saint Marianne:

Pix of double rainbow
Just before her remains were sent to the mainland during the review process for canonization, a double rainbow appeared over Kalaupapa- photo by axelle

MIRACLES attributed to Saint Marianne Cope and their stories!

For more information about St. Marianne Cope:

St Marianne Cope- Aleteia.org

St Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum-SaintMarianne.org

National Women’s Hall of Fame- womenofthehall.org

LINK TO PART 1- Episode 267

There are links, photos and more about this on my website.

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267- Part 1: St Marianne Cope, contemporary Saint

Part 1 of the story of St. Marianne Cope from America who led an expedition to another country that was in medical crisis. Putting her faith totally in God, she wrote “I am not afraid of any disease.” She lived to age 80.

Photo of a young St. Marianne Cope in habit- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives
Photo of a young St. Marianne Cope- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives

Link to Part 2- Episode 268

Links to Primary Sources for this weeks podcast and for more information:

St Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum- saintmarianne.org

National Women’s Hall of Fame- womenofthehall.org

My Healthcare System.org

St Elizabeth of Hungary catholic.org

Photo of wooden statue of St Marianne Cope
Pix from A Catholic Mom in Hawaii.blogspot.com
Photo of front entrance to St Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum
The museum is located on the St. Joseph’s Hospital campus in Syracuse, NY- saintmarianne.org

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266- Amazing Shrine for Our Lady of La Vang

The apparition of the Virgin Mary known as Our Lady of La Vang occurred in Viet Nam in 1798 and this apparition has exciting things happening stateside today!

Shrine in Viet Nam today where Our Lady of La Vang appeared
Apparition spot in Viet Nam where Our Lady of La Vang appeared in 1798- pix by Phong Nhg Explorer.com
New Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang at Christ Cathedral in Orange County, CA
New Shrine to Our Lady of La Vang in Orange County California dedicated in July 2021! pix from Christ Cathedral California .org in Orange County, CA

Links to Primary Sources for this weeks Podcast:

Kelly Mantoan’s post about Our Lady of La Vang on her Blog- This Ain’t the Lyceum.org

(Also check out her NEW BOOK- Better Than OK- Finding Joy as a Special Needs Parent)

Christ Cathedral California- New Shrine information

LA Times Article from July 2021 about the new shrine

Phong Nha Explorer- (Great Photos, text in Vietnamese)

The Smart Local: Vietnam

Marypages.com

Michael O’Neill- The Miracle Hunter.com

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265- On the Road with The Virgin Mary

From traveling this summer to places where few people will be around to remembering the events leading up to the Fatima apparitions of the Virgin Mary from May 13th  to October 13th  1917.

On September 8th she is remembered during the celebration of the Nativity of the Theotokos. In the Western Church; the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. September 9th  is the remembrance of her parents SS. Joachim and Anna, which is celebrated in the Eastern Church.

Also September 13 is a reminder of when the Madonna appeared for the 5th time to the young seers 104 years ago in Fatima, Portugal.

Links for more information about the Nativity of the Theotokos and sites about the Nativity of the Blessed Mother of God:

Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery.org

Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos– mecc.org

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary-America Needs Fatima.org

The Fatima Apparitions- America Needs Fatima.org

Photo taken at the 100 Year Celebration of the Appartions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima in 2017, when Jacinta and Francisco Marto became Saints.
Unusual photo of 3 seers of fatima
Jacinta (left) and her brother Francisco Marto (right) now Saints in the Roman Catholic Church
Photo of rustic canal warehouse
Rustic Canalside warehouse from times past- This year’s summer tour of “places outside”– Finger Lakes, NY state
Photo- Sunset on the Finger Lakes
Summer 2021 Tour “places outside,” Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of New York State

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264- St. Winebald, 6th (of 6) family members to be a saint!

The final saint from this family is St. Winebald. The older brother to St. Willibald and sister St Valpurga.

Color illustration of St. Winebald
St Winebald credit- http://catholicsaints.info/saint-winebald-of-heidenheim/

He studied to become a monk while in Rome and returned to England to recruit others back to Rome to dedicate their lives to God. But he eventually found himself in Germania helping his uncle St. Boniface, brother and sister with their mission there.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna is on the right along with her husband Richard, then Winebald, St Valpurga and St Williebald from Wikicommons

Here are several photos that offer additional background about early Christianity in Germany:

Wurzburg, Germany settled in 6th century and Chrisitanized in 686
This is a screen grab from a YouTube video about the Main River.
An infographic about Kapple, a church where the Virgin Mary appeared
Another screen grab from the same video that mentions a church the Virgin Mary visited in Germany.

For more about St. Winebald here are links to my primary sources:

AnaStPaul.com

NewAdvent.org

Wikipedia.com

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263- St. Valpurga, 5th (of 6) family members to be a saint!

St Valpurga is the 5th of 6 saints from an English family who lived in the 700’s. Daughter of Ss. Wuna and Richard of Wessex, niece of St. Boniface and sister of Ss. Winebald and Willibald.

Icon of St Valpurga
St Winebald credit- http://catholicsaints.info/saint-winebald-of-heidenheim/

St Valpurga due to the depth of her learning is credited by some as the first female writer from England AND Germany! She wrote what has been called the first ‘travel log’ which consisted of the travels of her older brother St WillIebald on a pilgrimage of Christian shrines.

St Valpurga helped her brother St Williebald found a double monastery, a community for both monks and nuns at Heidenheim. She headed the nuns there at the monastery and her eldest brother St Winebald became the head of the monks.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna is on the right along with her husband Richard, then Winebald, St Valpurga and St Williebald from Wikicommons

For more about St. Valpurga here are my primary sources for this podcast:

St. Gregory Orthodox Church.org (they call her St Walburga)

Prayers for Reparation.org

Colorado’s Abbey of St Walburga- Walburga.org

St Walburga and Healing Oil story- ABlessedCallToLove.org

Diocese of Eichstätt

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262- St Willibald, 4th (of 6) family members to be a saint!

St. Willibald is the 4th of 6 saints from an English family who lived in the 700’s. Son of Ss. Wuna and Richard of Wessex, nephew of St. Boniface and brother of Ss. Winebald and Valpurga.

Color Illustration of St. Willibald
St. Willibald credit- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/332070172528292473/

It was St. Willibald who miraculously recovered from the near-death experience at the age of 3. As a part of their prayers to God, his parents pledged to place the child into Divine service as a monk should he survive.

St Willibald really did not want to become a bishop, but his diplomatic nature in the way he could handle situations between various challenges from the different pressures of a pilgrim church in Germania made him the perfect candidate for his role. The church thrived.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna is on the right along with her husband Richard, then Winebald, St Valpurga and St Williebald from Wikicommons

For more about St Willibald, here are my primary sources:

The Heavy Anglo Orthodox.blogspot.com

Cor Marie.com

Encyclopedia.com

New Advent.org

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261- Ss Wuna & Richard; 2 & 3 (of 6) family members to be saints!

St. Wuna and husband St. Richard of Wessex are the 2nd & 3rd members in a family who had 6 saints at the same time!

Back in episode 260, I told you the story of their 1st relative, Saint Boniface, who after his death was called ‘Apostle to the Germans.’ In this podcast we now introduce his sister, St. Wuna and her husband, St. Richard.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna on far right, St Richard next, then St Winebald, St Valpurga and St Willibald– photo by Meggasimonn on Wikimedia Commons
Statue of St Wuna from Wikicommons
St Wuna- photo by Mattis on Wikimedia Commons
Image of St Richard of Wessex or the Pilgrim
St Richard of Wessex aka “the Pilgrim” from SaintsCatholic.blogspot.com

Here’s why this English Saint is venerated in Italy- from Franciscan Spirit blog

More information about Saints Wuna and Richard of Wessex

From NewmanConnections.com

From ReginaMag.com

From FindAGrave.com

From Wikipedia.com

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260- A Family of 6 Saints! St Boniface (#1)

Two families merged by marriage near Wessex, England had 6 members who became Saints! My focus this week is St. Boniface. They all lived at the same time period during the 700’s. I believe you’ll find their stories intriguing.

Illustration of St. Boniface from short youtube video
Saint Boniface from a video by: apostleshipofprayer.org

St. Boniface Parish, Germantown, WI- blog; “St. Boniface, the Man

More about St. Boniface- Wikipedia

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259- Lady of Good Tidings

An apparition of the Virgin Mary on the Greek island of Tino’s offered up an icon known as “All Holy Lady of Good Tidings” and it is one of the most visited apparition sites in the world.

The Icon Pangagia-Evaggelistria of Tinos (with some pearls, but basically original in look)

August 15 is the Dormition (Orthodox) or Assumption (Roman Catholic) of the Virgin Mary. This year it falls on a Sunday!

More About this Apparition can be found through these sites:

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Panagia of Tinos (Greece) “She is of Great Grace”OrthodoxMedjugorje.com

Greeka Community- Tinos but also check out their new photos from Greek Isles

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258- A Society Without God

A former Russian Orthodox Cathedral spotted on a contemporary Russian citizen’s video brings up the Fatima Apparition warning by the Virgin Mary in 1917 and an excerpt from my book.

Here is a bit more from my book The Constant Procession that is the focus of this weeks podcast:

In Chapter 22, entitled “Unheeded Prayers,” the remaining Fatima Seer, Sister Lucia, brings the Pope requests made to her by the Virgin Mary during the apparition she experienced in Portugal in 1917. Recalling what the Madonna told Sister Lucia: “If you pay heed to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, Russia will spread her errors through the world, causing wars and persecutions against the Church. Many will suffer martyrdom, and the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and several nations will disappear.”

Unfortunately, little action was taken to honor this prayer request, and the possibility for peace became a lost opportunity. Consequently, Stalin and his Communist Party became the new power on the ground in Europe.

These armed victors moved quickly into the political vacuum across the war-torn lands. Their efforts gained ground, especially in Eastern Europe, as they aggressively encouraged civil wars, after which they installed puppet governments under the shadow of Communist influence.

Before long, fear and intimidation overcame peaceful transitions, and the liberties found in more open societies vanished.

Chapter 23, A Society Without God, reflects on the environment in the sphere of Soviet influence, where people lived in a world without social liberty and Bibles were banished. The experience of a Seventh-Day Adventist reveals the level of suppression people of faith endured in those times.

Chapter 24, Hot Pursuit in a Cold War, explains how the Communists, with increasing confidence, took down religion. With huge armies still deployed in Europe and the newly acquired power of atomic weapons, the victors squared off using new battle techniques. The “Great Return” found fierce resistance in France as the communists gained control of the political machine. In Hungary, however, the procession yielded fruit until it, too, was run aground.

Information about the 2nd Secret of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparition- Catholic.org

“Today, according to Archbishop Kondrusiewicz, who is now the Archbishop of Minsk, Belarus, every church in his country has a statue of Our Lady of Fatima.”

More about Mikhail Kulakov and also ‘Religion’ in the USSR

Though the Heavens Fall, the book quoted in this podcast– RussianBible.org

More about Mikhail Kulakov– Wikipedia.com

More about Religion under the Communists in the USSR– Wikipedia.com

Russian Orthodox Cathedral destroyed by Stalin in 1930's
Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Baku destroyed in 1930’s by Stalin- Wikimedia Commons

Here are some images and videos that show the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow being blown up and various takes on it’s history including relatively recent events into present day…including a modern protest…

TV story of the history of Christ the Savior in Moscow w/ recent assault on the Virgin Mary
Old time perhaps news reel footage from the actual time period?

Below is a complete history of Christ the Savior in Moscow w/ rare photos:

Finally: A Very Detailed Blog by Irena Domingo with great links should you still want more info Russiable.com

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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257- Places Closer to Heaven

I believe the work by humanity at an apparition site where the Virgin Mary once appeared are frequently overlooked.

From Lourdes, France to Tapica Hill overlooking Mexico City there are a number of impressive sanctuaries, places of contemplation, places to give thanks and places to seek guidance.

This Episode is about reflections of what happens at an apparition site after an apparition has occurred.

View of domes of the Basilica of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Spain
The Basilica of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Spain in the early morning with more mountains behind.
Vista of Guadalupe, Spain in mountains
Looking (South-East) to see Guadalupe, Spain as I leave Guadalupe in the Extremadura Mountain Range.
Tinos in Greece- Pilgrims following the pathway up to the icon from the dock.
Photo of a long, long line of people. The candlelight processions start at dusk and are a very personal time, though you are with so many other seekers.
Lourdes, FR.- Candlelight processions start at dusk and are a very personal time, though you are with so many other seekers.
Picture of St. Mary's Well shrine and vista view of the Rhonda's
St. Mary’s Well shrine & vista view of the Rhondda’s in Wales
Sign says The Farm in front of the Conyers Georgia apparition site
The Farm- Conyers, Georgia

St Mary’s Well-Pilgrim Pace.wordpress.com

Tinos- oca.org

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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256- The Knock Apparition of the Virgin Mary

One apparition that has been approved at the highest level of credibility in the Roman Catholic church is ‘Our Lady of Knock.’ This famous meeting of humanity with the Madonna occurred in 1879.

This famous apparition of the Virgin Mary also includes the appearance of St. Joseph, St. John, the Lamb and a Cross all together at the Vatican approved apparition “Our Lady of Knock.”

Illustration of the appartion at Knock
Illustration of the appartion at Knock- Divine Mysteries and Miracles Blog
Inside of Knock the glass enclosed apparition location today
The wall and images placed as to where they were located (at Knock today- photo thinplacestour.com
Knock apparition site mosaic of The Virgin Mary, St John and St. Joseph
Mosaic inside the Basilica, close-up impression of the Knock apparition experience- photo by NativityBurke.org.
Modern Basilica in back, original church in front, the chapel shrine attachment is on the right side of the old church
Modern Basilica in back, original church in front, the modern chapel shrine attach, that has the original apparition wall (left of the glass panels) is on the right side of the old church- IrishAmerica.com
Side view of the apparition wall at Knock, Ireland
Apparition site at back wall of the old church- photo thinplacestour.com

Sources for this podcast and MORE INFO can be found at the following links:

Official Knock Shrine website

Knock Apparition & Church Recognition at MiracleHunter.com

John Carpenter’s Divine Mysteries and Miracles Blog

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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255- Our Lady in the Rhondda

The Madonna finds herself high above the famous ‘Rhondda’ at Our Lady of Penrhys and Ffynnon Mair (St Mary’s Well.) These are two time honored sites in South Wales.

Picture of view with statue and Penrhys vista
Penrhys vista
Picture of St. Mary's Well shrine and vista view of the Rhonda's
St. Mary’s Well shrine and vista view of the Rhonda’s
Picture peeking inside St. Mary's Well doorway
View of interior of St. Mary’s Well
Photo of Statue with partial wall from ruins of Our Lady of Penrhys
Statue with partial wall from ruins of Our Lady of Penrhys
Our Lady of Penrhys statue close up holding Jesus
Our Lady of Penrhys statue holding baby Jesus
Our Lady of Penrhys stone statue on the site today
Our Lady of Penrhys stone statue on the site today
The stone building St. Mary's Well (Ffynnon Mair or Ffynnon Fair)
St. Mary’s Well (Ffynnon Mair or Ffynnon Fair)
Cistern with waters at St. Mary's Well (Ffynnon Mair)
Cistern with waters at St. Mary’s Well (Ffynnon Mair)
Photo of people walking on the Pilgrimage Way includes "Claire" discusses (in the linked video) why she dresses as a medieval pilgrim and supports Penrhys Pilgrimage Way
“Claire” discusses (in the linked video) why she dresses as a medieval pilgrim and supports Penrhys Pilgrimage Way

Link to Claire’s video

Additional note not in podcast: “In the early 20th century  a Catholic convert, Ms. M. Davies of Llantrisant underwrote the building of a memorial church in Ferndale (nearby) and also had a wooden replica of the statue Our Lady of Penryus carved, which is in the church today.” (from wikipedia)

Additional sources for this podcast and for more information:

Ciscercian Way.Wales

Our Lady of Penrhys-my rhondda bucket list

St Mary’s Well-Pilgrim Pace

Information about the Penrhys Pilgrimage from the area

Old and the restoration history and background about Penrhys-Wikipedia.com

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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