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Mariology: Apparitions

Roman Catholic Mariology deals with the life and role of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, as well as her veneration, throughout the ages, in theology, prayer, hymns, art, music, and architecture.

Marian Apparitions

Our Lady of Guadalupe

A Marian apparition is an event in which the Blessed Virgin Mary is believed to have supernaturally appeared to one or more people. They are often given names based on the town in which they were reported, or on the name that was given to Mary on the occasion of the apparition. They must be determined genuine by the Church to be official apparitions. Marian apparitions sometimes are reported to recur at the same site over an extended period of time. In the majority of Marian apparitions only a few people report having witnessed the apparition. There is often a specific message or meaning to the apparitions. These are known as private revelations. 

Public revelation is binding on all Christians, but private revelation is binding only on those who receive it. The Catholic Church teaches that public revelation was completed, and therefore was concluded, with the death of the last apostle (Vatican II, Dei Verbum 4), but private revelation has continued.

(See the "Theology" tab above for information about Marian Dogmas and Doctrines.)

Franciscan Crown Rosary aka the Seraphic Rosary

A seven-decade rosary, each decade honoring the Seven Joys of Mary: the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, Finding of Jesus in the Temple, Resurrection and Appearance to Mary, and Assumption…There is a legend that Our Lady appeared to a Franciscan novice and taught him the crown.

[Laughlin, M. F. "Crown, Franciscan." New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 387-388.]

Book: The Other Faces of Mary

Papal Curia's "Norms regarding the manner of proceeding in the discernment of presumed apparitions or revelations."

Lourdes

Videorecordings (DVDs)

Housed in the Media Resources Collection at OSF Library.

Book: Our Lady of Knock

Book: Our Lady of Kibeho

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Names Associated with Apparitions

Our Lady of Akita

Our Lady of Aparecida

Our Lady of Banneux

Our Lady of Beauraing

Our Lady of Bethlehem

Our Lady of China

Our Lady of Combermere

Our Lady of Confidence

Our Lady of Covadonga

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn

Our Lady of Good Counsel

Our Lady of Grace

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Good Help

Our Lady of Good Health

Our Lady of Good Success

Our Lady of Ipswich

Our Lady of Kibeho

Our Lady of Knock

Our Lady of La Salette

Our Lady of La Vang

Our Lady of Laus

Our Lady of Lebanon

Our Lady of Loreto

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Knock

Our Lady of Manaoag

Our Lady of Medjugorje

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Nazareth

Our Lady of the Pillar

Our Lady Queen of Peace

Our Lady of the Rocks

Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Snows

Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga

Our Lady of Victory

Our Lady of Walsingham

Our Lady of Ta' Pinu

Our Lady of Tarumba

Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Theotokos of Vladimir

House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus, Turkey

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Vision of 19th century visionary, Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich: 

The belief that the Virgin Mary had spent her last days in the vicinity of Ephesus and that she had died there, focused attention on a nun named Anna Katherina Emmerich who had lived in the late 18th century (1774-1820). The efforts to find the Mary's House were greatly influenced by her detailed description of the Virgin Mary's coming to Ephesus, her life and her last home there and the characteristics of the city, although Emmerich had never been to Ephesus.

Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida Brazil

"Santuario nacional" by Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil/RadioBrás