Ireland: Eurovision Global Network to broadcast mass from Knock

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Source: Irish Catholic Media Office

This Sunday, August 15, feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, Father Richard Gibbons, parish priest, will celebrate mass from the Basilica of Our Lady of Knock, Co Mayo, archdiocese of Tuam. This mass will be broadcast via the Eurovision Global Network.

Attendance at Mass will be limited to 200 people on a first come, first served basis with strict queuing systems in place. The liturgy will feature music from the Schola Cantorum Basilicae conducted by Úna Nolan with organist Charles O’Connor. The Mass will also be broadcast live on the Knock Shrine website www.knockshrine.ie/watch

At 11 a.m. on the day of the feast, the outdoor broadcast of this mass, which will be produced by Kairos Communications, will be televised on RTÉ One, on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 and also via the Eurovision Global Network, making it available to watch in France (F2), Belgium (RTBF, VRT), the Netherlands (KRO) and Switzerland (RTS, RSI). The show will also be available on RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio Player.

Knock’s story began on August 21, 1879 when Our Lady, Saint Joseph, and Saint John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of the Parish Church in Knock. This miraculous silent apparition was observed by fifteen people, young and old. Knock is an internationally recognized Marian shrine and was visited by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1979 as part of his apostolic pilgrimage, and in 2018 by Pope Francis as part of the celebrations in Ireland of the 9th World Meeting of Families . On March 19, 2021, Pope Francis officially recognized Knock as an international Marian shrine through the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, is the Guardian of the Marian Shrine and Father Richard Gibbons is Pastor of Knock and Rector of the Shrine.

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Keywords: Knock, Feast of the Assumption, Father Richard Gibbons, Úna Nolan, Charles O’Connor

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