Our Lady of Banneux, the Virgin of the Poor


Our Lady of Banneux, Virgin of the PoorTwelve days after the last apparition of Our Lady of Beauraing, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in nearby Banneux in the Diocese of Liége, Belgium. On that January 15, 1933, the Bishop of Liége had consecrated his diocese in a most solemn manner in honor of the Mother of God under the title of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This consecration was done in response to the apparitions at Fatima. Near the same hour, the Blessed Virgin appeared to Mariette Beco, a child eleven years of age, whose father was a Socialist and did not practice his Faith. (He was converted during the apparitions.)

Our Lady appeared eight times in the afternoon, in the family garden, where Mariette awaited her praying the Rosary. On four occasions she beckoned Mariette to follow her down a nearby road to a spring. Here she instructed Mariette, as she had instructed Saint Bernadette, to dip her hands into the water.

She revealed, "I am the Virgin of the Poor; this spring is reserved for the sick of all nations. I come to relieve those who suffer." Our Lady asked for a small chapel. When Mariette related the apparition to the parish chaplain, he asked for a sign before he would believe. After Mariette petitioned this of Our Lady, she responded, "Believe in me; I shall believe in you." The chaplain was not satisfied with this and secretly said to himself, if the Lady answers, "I am the Mother of the Savior-the Mother of God," he would believe.

At the last apparition Our Lady repeated these very words, which are now emblazoned in the Shrine. While leaving Mariette, Our Lady placed her hand on Mariette's head, blessed her and confided a secret as she had done to other seers, and said, "Pray very much. Adieu." Ecclesiastical approval was given by the Bishop on August 22, 1949. The water of the spring has been attested by many miracles in healing the sick.

Invocations to Our Lady of Banneux

Blessed Virgin of the Poor,
lead us to Jesus, the Source of Grace.

Blessed Virgin of the Poor, save all of the nations.

Blessed Virgin of the Poor, Fountain of Grace, sanctify us.

Blessed Virgin of the Poor, console those who suffer.

Blessed Virgin of the Poor, Health of the Sick, console those who are ill.

Blessed Virgin of the Poor, intercede for each of thy children.

Blessed Virgin of the Poor, we believe in thee.

Blessed Virgin of the Poor, do thou believe in us.

Blessed Virgin of the Poor, we shall pray very much.

Blessed Virgin of the Poor, bless us.

Blessed Virgin of the Poor,
Mother of the Savior, Mother of God,
we praise and glorify thee with fervent gratitude. Amen.

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