Saturday, April 25, 2015

The message of Marienfried - A Moment with Mary

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

April 25 – Apparitions of the Great Mediatrix of Graces to Bärbel Ruess (Marienfried, Germany, 1946) 

The message of Marienfried 

In 1946, the Virgin Mary appeared at Marienfried, Germany (diocese of Pfaffenhofen, near Neu-Ulm) to Bärbel Ruess, then 22 years old. There were three apparitions in all—on April 25th, May 25th and June 25th of that year.

Msgr Pereira Venancio, the bishop of Fatima in Portugal, wrote: "The Marienfried shrine for me is a synthesis of the Marian devotion in our time. It is one of the most important Marian shrines of the Catholic Church, where the Mother of God is venerated in countless ways."

Bishop Rudolf Graber, bishop of Regensburg, wrote on July 25, 1976: "Whoever carefully examines the message of Marienfried discovers the meaning of Revelation chapter 12, which says that the ‘great red Dragon’ that is trying to destroy her Son continues to pursue the Lady clothed with the sun."

On March 20, 2000, the bishop of Augsburg, Germany, authorized the pilgrimage to the shrine located in his diocese, even though the Church still has not issued a declaration on the authenticity of these apparitions. Today an ever increasing number of pilgrims visit the shrine of Marienfried.