Shrine of Our Lady of Banneux, Belgium and the seer Mariette Beco

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History of Apparations in Banneux

From the 15th of January till the 2nd of March 1933, Our Lady appeared to Mariette Beco, a young girl aged 11 years, eigth times, calling herself the VIRGIN OF THE POOR. The so-called Little Chapel was built and inaugurated in 1933.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, come, alone or in group, notably during the Triduum of the sick, to confide to Our Lady their poverties, their sufferings, their pains, their wants. They come to entrust themselves to the Mother of the Saviour, and to express their confidence and their hope on Jesus Christ, the source of all graces.

Today, as she did to Mariette, the Virgin of the Poor leads each pilgrim in Banneux to the way of life. She invites them to «push the hands in the water» of the Spring, to discover in Jesus, the true Life.

Shrine of Our Lady of Banneux, Belgium and the seer Mariette Beco

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Triduum – the four days pilgrimages

Triduum is the name given in Banneux to the four days pilgrimages. These pilgrimages are organised by various diocese of Belgium and abroad (France, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary…). The first triduum started soon after the Apparitions. European catholic shrines and basilicas. 

It’s goal:

– to answer the invitaion of the Virgin of the Poor to “relieve suffering”.
– to give some time off to people who have few opportunities to quit their homes and to help them overcoming their moral or physical sufferings.
– to enable everyone to live and celebrate it’s faith in a community ; to listen, love, sing and pray.

At Triduum is every person  welcome who:

– wishes to spread the Good News
– would like to entrust him/herself the Our Lady who knows better then anyone what suffering is;
– strong or not, young or not, wants to go to Banneux not only to pray but also to serve others, giving them the sun of a smile. Their listening, patience, smile help – with or without medical knowledge – is essential.

The Banneux Apparitions in 1933 to Mariette Beco

In January 1933, Mariette Beco was eleven years old. She was born on the 25th March, 1921 and was the eldest of a family of seven children. Her family who was quite poor, lived in a simple working-class house, isolated and set back from the road, at the edge of the forest.

In the evening of Sunday, January 15th, Mary appeared for the first time in the garden of the little house. The lady beckoned her. Mariette wanted to go out, but her mother stopped her and locked the door.

Banneux on Wednesday, 18th January, at 7.pm., Mariette was in the garden on her knees, and her hands joined in prayer. Suddenly she left the garden and started walking up the road where the lady was calling her. Twice she fell to her knees on the frozen ground. A third time she knelt near the ditch in front of a pool of water coming from a spring.

The lady spoke to her. “Push your hands into the water.” Mariette does it. She repeated what the Lady had just said to her, “This spring is reserved for Me, Goodnight, good-bye.” On Thursday, January 19th, the weather was severe. Mariette was kneeling on the path. It was 7.pm. The Lady appeared. Mariette asked her “who are you, beautiful Lady ?” “I am the Virgin of the Poor.” The Virgin then led the child to the spring. Mariette asked another question : “beautiful Lady, yesterday you said ‘this spring is reserved for me’ why for me ?” Mariette pointed to herself. Smiling even more, the Virgin answered “this spring is reserved for all nations… for the sick.” Mariette replied “Thank you, thank you.” Then the Virgin said “I will pray for you – goodbye.”

Banneux on Friday, January 20th, Mariette stayed in bed all day to recover from a sleepless night. At a quarter to seven she woke up, dressed and went out. When the Virgin appeared she cried out : “Ah. There she is”, then she started talking to the beautiful Lady. “What do you want, my beautiful Lady ?”

The Virgin answered with a smile “I would like a small chapel.” She stretched out her hands and blessed the child with her right hand. Then there followed three weeks of total silence. The Virgin interrupted her visits. Mariette however remained faithful: each day at 7.pm. she prayed in the garden.

Banneux on Saturday, February 11th, Mariette was on the road, she knelt twice, dipped her hands into the spring and made the sign of the cross. Suddenly she stood up, ran towards the house and wept. She did not understand what the Virgin had told her. “I come to relieve suffering.” She did not understand the meaning of the words “to relieve.”

Three days elapsed. On Wednesday evening, 15th February, the Virgin appeared for the sixth time. Mariette passed on Father Jamin’s request to the Virgin : “the chaplain asks you for a sign.” The Virgin answered, Believe in me, I will believe in you.” “Pray a lot: goodbye.” The Virgin confided a secret to the child.

Banneux on February 20th, Mariette knelt again in the snow, braving the cold. Suddenly she prayed the rosary louder and faster. She left the garden and knelt twice on the road, then again at the spring where she prayed and wept, “because she left too quickly.”

Mary told her “My dear child, pray hard.” Mariette waited ten days before seeing the Virgin for the last time. She appeared on Thursday, March 2nd. Torrential rain had been pouring down since three p.m. Mariette went out, it was 7. pm.

She was reciting her third rosary when the rain suddenly stopped. She remained silent, stretched out her arms, got up, took a step forward and knelt down. At home, Mariette revealed the message entrusted to her by Mary. “I am the Mother of the Saviour Mother of God. Pray a lot.” The Virgin then laid her hands on her and said : “Adieu.

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What is a Triduum? 

Triduum is the name given in Banneux to the four days pilgrimages. These pilgrimages are organised by various diocese of Belgium and abroad (France, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary…). The first triduum started soon after the Apparitions.

It’s goal:

– to answer the invitaion of the Virgin of the Poor to “relieve suffering”.
– to give some time off to people who have few opportunities to quit their homes and to help them overcoming their moral or physical sufferings.
– to enable everyone to live and celebrate it’s faith in a community ; to listen, love, sing and pray.

At Triduum is every person  welcome who:

– wishes to spread the Good News
– would like to entrust him/herself the Our Lady who knows better then anyone what suffering is;
– strong or not, young or not, wants to go to Banneux not only to pray but also to serve others, giving them the sun of a smile. Their listening, patience, smile help – with or without medical knowledge – is essential.

A triduum is a highlight of meeting, prayer and christian faith deeping close to the Virgin of the Poor. It’s a pilgrimage: one comes here to pray, to encounter Jesus through Mary. The Pilgrim chooses to quit his own habits, he’s comfort.
At Banneux, everyone, pilgrim or helping, tries to learn how to give their best. Spending a few days at the Hospitalité, is to live in a community: eat, help, sing, pray, laugh and cry. Everything is done TOGETHER !A triduum is like a family united by Mary, Virgin of the Poor.

Banneux is a privileged place to love and give oneself. After a Triduum, many are those who are about to cry: the haven’t been a “number” on a list, but a beloved person.

Mother Teresa once said: “The important thing is the intensity of love you add to your smallest attention.”

Banneux

1. Chapel of the Apparitions
2. Beco House
3. Sacristy
4. Time reserved for those who wish to talk
5. Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament – Confessionals
6. Chapel of the Cross
7. Slide projection room
8. The Curé d’Ars – Presbytery
9. Information – Bureau and Tourist Office
10. Chapel of all Nations
11. Memorial of Mgr Kerkhofs
12. St Anne
13. The Visitation
14. Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows
15. Monument to the I.P.U.
16. The Spring
17. Statue of St Grignion de Montfort
18. The stone with the star
19. Statue of the Virgin of the Poor
20. The Esplanade Altar
21. Chapel of St Francis of Assisi
22. Chapel of the Message
23. Marie Mediatrice Chapel
24. Confessionals
25. Sacristy
26. Hospitality
27. St Bernadette’s House (Nurses Quarters)
28. Toilets
29. St Camille’s House (Brancardiers Quarters)
30. Statue of St Padre Pio
31. Our Lady of La Vang
32. Our Lady of Walsingham
33. Memorial of the church in China
34. “Missio” Pavilion
35. Statue of St Pierre-Julien Eymard
36. Chapel of the Annunciation
37. Statue of St Alphonse of Liguori
38. Chapel of St Ignatius
39. Chapel of the Seven Servites
40. Chapel of St Michel
41. The bell tower
42. The Way of the Cross
43. The Shabann
44. Statue of St Bernadette
45. Statue of St Theresa of Lisieux
46. The Smiling Virgin
47. The Church of the Virgin of the Poor
48. Accommodation Centre N.D. de la Fagne
49. Chalet
50. Accommodation Center Chaityfontaine

Via the motorway “Les Ardennes” (E25). Exit 45 SPRIMONT

Via the motorway Liège-Aachen (E40), intersection Battice with the motorway Spa-Verviers (E42) exit 5 PEPINSTER

By train and bus:

Leaving from Liège:
Ligne 64 LIEGE – BANNEUX (travel duration : 50 mn)

Leaving from Verviers:
Ligne 27 VERVIERS – PEPINSTER – BANNEUX (travel duration : 23 mn)

Masses Saturday at 16h00 Sunday at 8h30 – 11h15 – 16h00 International Mass at 10h30 Weekday masses from Monday to Saturday at 8h00 – 11h30 – 16h00 (except Saturday).
Family Sunday Every 2nd Sunday of the month 11h15 : Mass followed by a shared meal with the Brothers of St John at the Regina Pacis Priory 14h30 : Instruction and sharing for the parents and activities according to age of the children 15h30 : Rosary until the Spring; blessing of families
Blessing of the Sick Everyday except Friday at 15h00
Adoration At the chapel of Saint Michael Everyday from 8h30 to 17h30
Confessions Everyday except Friday near the Chapel of Mary Mediatrix from 14h to 16h. Sunday at the Church of the Virgin of the Poor from 15h00 to 16h00.
Rosary Every evening at 19h00.
Film on the story of the Apparitions Everyday except Friday, at 14h15.
Silent Adoration in Adoration Chapel  Afternoon

Invocations of Banneux 

Blessed Virgin of the Poor, lead us to Jesus, Source of grace.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor, save all Nations.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor,relieve the Sick.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor, alleviate suffering.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor, pray for each one of us.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor, we believe in you.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor, believe in us.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor, we will pray hard.
Blessed Virgin of the Poor, bless us (+)
Blessed Virgin of the Poor, Mother of the Saviour Mother of God, we thank You.

Prayer of the International Union of Prayer

Mary Virgin of the Poor, You lead us to Jesus, source of grace, and you come to alleviate our suffering.

We implore you with confidence : Help us to folow you Son with generosity, and to belong to Him unreservedly. réserve. Help us to welcome the Holy Spirit Who guides and sanctify us. Obtain us the grace to look like Jesus everyday more, so that our life will glorify the Father and contribute to the salvation of our Brothers.

Prière of Louis-Joseph KERKHOFS, Bishop of Liège at the time of the apparition.

O virgin of the Poor, May you ever be blessed ! And blessed be He who deigned to send you to us. What you have been and are to us now, you will always be to those who, like us, and better then us, offer their faith and their prayer. You will be all for us, as you revealed yourself at Banneux : Mediatrix of all graces, the Mother of theSaviour, Mother of God. A compassionate and powerfull Mother who loves the poor and all Peaople, who alleviates suffering, who saves individuals and all humanity, Queen and Mother of all Nations, who came to lead all those who allow themselves to be guided by you, to Jesus the true and only Source of eternal life.

Amen.

History of Apparations in Banneux

From the 15th of January till the 2nd of March 1933, Our Lady appeared to Mariette Beco, a young girl aged 11 years, eigth times, calling herself theVIRGIN OF THE POOR. The so-called Little Chapel was built and inaugurated in 1933.

The Apparitions and the Message were declared authentic by Mgr. KERKHOFS, Bishop of Liège, on the 22nd of August 1949. The message that she gave her still remains relevant in our time.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, come, alone or in group, notably during the Triduum of the sick, to confide to Our Lady their poverties, their sufferings, their pains, their wants. They come to entrust themselves to the Mother of the Saviour, and to express their confidence and their hope on Jesus Christ, the source of all graces.

Today, as she did to Mariette, the Virgin of the Poor leads each pilgrim in Banneux to the way of life. She invites them to «push the hands in the water» of the Spring, to discover in Jesus, the true Life.

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