Our Lady of La Salette shrine – Marian Apparition, with seers Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat

Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame la Salette, Sanctuaire de la Salette, La Salette-Fallavaux, Francija

Website of the Sanctuary

33 4 76 30 00 11

The Message of the visionaries of Our Lady of La Salette

The message of the visionaries of La Salette focuses on the conversion of all humanity to Christ. The “Beautiful Lady” of La Salette implores all people who would listen to “be reconciled to God.”

This conversion requires daily prayer and frequent reception of the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist. The woman (the Virgin Mary) was in tears because she recognized the tremendous responsibility that free will places upon each person to lead a moral life and follow God’s will.

The message of La Salette traces the “narrow road that leads to life” (Matthew 7:14), like the steep and narrow path the “Beautiful Lady” climbed before melting away in the light.

Our Lady of La Salette shrine - Marian Apparition, with seers Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat

History of Apparations in La Salette

La Salette, a French town located in the Alps, was the place at which a Marian apparition occurred in the nineteenth century. On September 19, 1846, Maximin Giraud (eleven years old) and Melanie Calvat (fourteen years old) experienced an encounter with what they called a “Beautiful Lady.”

The two children were grazing sheep at La Salette, when they saw that this woman was seated and was crying. Upon seeing them, the “Lady” stood up and while crying, spoke in French and in the local dialect.

After that, the woman walked up a steep path and vanished into a bright light. According to the children, the light emanated from a crucifix on the woman’s chest. Soon after this event, word spread, and pilgrims crowded the rough paths leading up to the site where the apparition occurred.

Our Lady of La Salette shrine - Marian Apparition, with seers Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat

There soon arose, a basilica and the first units for lodging.

In 1851, the local bishop Bruillard of Grenoble affirmed the supernatural character of the apparition of La Salette. He based his decision upon a thorough inquiry of the event, complete with interviews of witnesses, and an examination of the apparition’s message to the seers. Bishop Bruillard wished to encourage the faith expression (prayer and devotion) practiced by pilgrims to La Salette.

Coming to La Salette and having the best stay:

See Top 15 Catholic shrines in the world.

Our Lady of La Salette shrine - Marian Apparition, with seers Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat

After the visionaries’ experience at La Salette, a Christian renewal transformed the region. In 1872, nationwide pilgrimages began to be formed across France. For roughly 150 years, La Salette’s spirit has been embodied in a movement that has gained convents, monasteries, congregations, and arch-confraternities.

Christians everywhere saw or felt its influence. Saints (for example, John Vianney), pastors (such as Don Bosco), and religious writers (like J.K. Huysmans) have all been influenced by La Salette.

Our Lady of La Salette shrine - Marian Apparition, with seers Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat

See other Catholic sites in France.

Though Our Lady of La Salette message is embedded in the bygone environment of the nineteenth century, rural France, it has had a tremendous impact on the modern world. The spirit of Our Lady of La Salette is one of prayer, conversion, and commitment.
Castel, R. “La Salette

Our Lady of La Salette shrine - Marian Apparition, with seers Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat

History of Apparations in La Salette

La Salette, a French town located in the Alps, was the place at which a Marian apparition occurred in the nineteenth century. On September 19, 1846, Maximin Giraud (eleven years old) and Melanie Calvat (fourteen years old) experienced an encounter with what they called a “Beautiful Lady.” The two children were grazing sheep at La Salette, when they saw that this woman was seated and was crying. Upon seeing them, the “Lady” stood up and while crying, spoke in French and in the local dialect. After that, the woman walked up a steep path and vanished into a bright light. According to the children, the light emanated from a crucifix on the woman’s chest. Soon after this event, word spread, and pilgrims crowded the rough paths leading up to the site where the apparition occurred.

There soon arose, a basilica and the first units for lodging. In 1851, the local bishop Bruillard of Grenoble affirmed the supernatural character of the apparition of La Salette. He based his decision upon a thorough inquiry of the event, complete with interviews of witnesses, and an examination of the apparition’s message to the seers. Bishop Bruillard wished to encourage the faith expression (prayer and devotion) practiced by pilgrims to La Salette.

Posted in Europe, France and Top Shrines

Add a Review

Rate this by clicking a star below:

Related Listings

St. Michael’s Cathedral in Cluj Napoca

St. Michael’s Church Cluj Napoca

0040-264-592-089

St. Michael's Church, Piața Unirii, Cluj-Napoca, Județul Cluj, Romunija

Every day from 10.00 to 19.00

St. Michael’s Church Cluj Napoca St. Michael’s Cathedral in Cluj Napoca is one of the oldest and most appreciated Transylvanian monuments of gothic architecture. It stands majestically in the very heart of the town and was built between 1350 and 1487, probably immediately after the settlement had officially become a town, in 1316. The altar is the oldest part of nowadays’ building, dating back to 1390 and measuring 24 meters.Continue Reading

Parish Church of St Vincent de Paul

The Parish Church of St Vincent de Paul

011 44 0151 709 9222

St James St, Liverpool, Združeno kraljestvo

The Parish Church of St Vincent de Paul is situated in St James’ Street, Liverpool L1 1EE and is now served by the clergy from the Metropolitan Cathedral. If you are in Liverpool also check the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Church of St Vincent de Paul The Grade II* listed church was built in 1855-57 to replace a temporary wooden structure erected by the largely Irish dockland community.Continue Reading

St Colman's Cathedral

St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh, Ireland

021 481 3222

Cobh Cathedral, Cathedral Place, Irska

Every day: from 8.30 am to 10.00 pm

St Colman’s Cathedral is an exquisite gem of neo-Gothic architecture by the architects Pugin and Ashlin. It took 47 years to build, starting in 1868. In 1916 a Carillon of 42 bells was installed. The largest bell is 200 feet above the ground and weighs 3.6 tons. The Cathedral organ, by Telford and Telford, contains 2,468 pipes. The Cathedral is a regular venue for Recitals by Choirs from all parts of the world.Continue Reading

Chartres Cathedral

Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral – Mass times

+33 02 37 21 59 08

Chartres Cathedral, Cloi Notre Dame, Chartres, Francija

8.30 am to 7.30 pm

Chartres Cathedral, also known as Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres), is a medieval Catholic cathedral of the Latin Church located in Chartres, France, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southwest of Paris. It is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Continue Reading

ur Lady of Kębelskiej in Wąwolnica

Shrine of Our Lady in Wąwolnica

+ 46 81 882 50 04

Sanktuarium - Kaplica Matki Bożej Kębelskiej, Zamkowa, Wąwolnica, Poljska

Every day: From 7.00 to 19.30

Our Lady Kebelskiej The Gothic sculpture of the Madonna and Child dates from the first half of the fifteenth century (around 1420 to 1440). It was made from a trunk of the lime tree with a height of 85 cm and a diameter at its widest point 27 cm. Its prototype was a stone statue of the Madonna from Vimperk.Continue Reading