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Lady of Knock

posted Aug 16, 2014, 9:26 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 16, 2014, 9:27 AM ]
Lady of Knock is a Marian hymn to Our Lady of Knock, written by Irish singer Dana Rosemary Scallon. The song tells of the story of an apparition of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist at the south gable of Knock Parish Church in County Mayo, Ireland on the rainy night of August 21st, 1879. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. And though it may not be as captivating as those in which Our Lady spoke, Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognized Marian Shrine. 
Dana Rosemary Scallon released the hymn as a single in 1983. It grew in popularity when Frank Patterson, “Ireland’s Golden Tenor” recorded it in 1995. On its 20th anniversary Daniel O’Donnell, affectionately known as “Wee Daniel”, released it on his album Songs of Faith. And it gained even more recognition when Susan Boyle performed it onstage with him in 2010 at his concert in the Royal Theatre Castlebar, Ireland.

In 2012, the Vatican approved a new Feast Day of Our Lady of Knock as August 17th, which this year falls on a Sunday. The Feast Day can’t be the Anniversary of the Apparition because that day is already assigned to St. Pius X, the Pope of the Eucharist. 
There were people of all ages gathered ‘round the gable wall
poor and humble men and women, little children that you called
We are gathered here before you, and our hearts are just the same
filled with joy at such a vision, as we praise your name

Golden Rose, Queen of Ireland, all my cares and troubles cease
as we kneel with love before you,Lady of Knock, my Queen of Peace...