Guidance to help you participate in the Angelus with Pope Francis at Knock Shrine
At 8.25am the bells of Knock Shine will ring out. All churches in the family of six dioceses that make up the ecclesiastical province of Tuam are invited to ring their bells at the same time to signal the beginning of the gathering at Knock and to extend a warm Céad Míle Fáilte to Pope Francis.
From 8.30am, there will be an uplifting Gathering Event entitled Witness to Faith and Family. With video presentations, drama and music pilgrims will be led in prayer and reflection until the arrival of the Holy Father. Focus will be on the story of Knock through
the testimony of the apparition witnesses and Pope Francis’s invitation to witness to the joy of faith and family in our contemporary world. Music for the occasion will be provided by Knock Parish Choir with guest musicians and soloists.
Around 9.45am upon arrival at the Shrine, the Holy Father will move through the assembly in the Pope Mobile arriving at the Apparition Gable towards 10am where he will be met by the Rector of the Shrine Father Richard Gibbons. His Holiness will spend some time in silent prayer at the site of the apparition before exiting the chapel to deliver a short address and lead pilgrims in the Angelus Prayer and imparting his Apostolic Blessing before departing for Ireland West Airport, Knock and returning to Dublin.
At 11.15am directly after the Holy Father has departed the Shrine, there will be a concelebrated Open-Air Mass for the Twenty First Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Father Richard Gibbons will be the main celebrant and the Mass will be concluded by 12.30/1pm. This spiritual programme is part of the official ticketed event.
The Angelus will be said in Latin, the booklet is an easy to follow guide with English translations.