Beauraing, Belgium: The Virgin of the Golden Heart
About the apparitions of the Virgin of the Golden Heart:
Beauraing is a small village only three miles from the French border. Our Lady appeared to five children ranging in age from 9 to 15: Fernande, Gilberte, Albert, Andrew, and Gilbert in 33 apparitions beginning on November 29, 1932, until the final one on January 3, 1933. She asked for prayer and sacrifice and promised to bring people to conversion. On December 4, 1932, Our Lady identified herself to the children, saying: ‘I am the Immaculate Virgin.’
She is known as the “Virgin of the Golden Heart” because the children saw a golden heart in the center of her chest. She requested that a chapel be built here and that she desired pilgrims to come to this site, and also asked the children to “pray, pray, pray”. On January 3, 1933, she said to Andrew, ‘I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven. Pray always!’
In the final vision, the Lady reportedly asked one of the children called Fernande: “Do you love My Son?” and she replied “Yes”. She then asked her “Do you love Me?” and she again answered “Yes”. The Lady then stated: “Then sacrifice yourself for me.” and bid them farewell before the child could reply.
On February 10, 2015 the last of the visionaries, Gilberte Degeimbre, passed away at the age of 91.
About the Shrine of the Virgin of the Golden Heart:
There is a full range of spiritual activities for pilgrims included daily Mass, Confession, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as well as guided tours for groups and individuals.
When Pope John Paul II visited the shrine on May 18, 1985, he said: “This place has become an important center of Marian pilgrimage, and a privileged spot of prayer and renewal“.
More that two million pilgrims visited the shrine that year.
Each year for the feast of the Queenship of Mary on August 22, an international pilgrimage is organized in Beauraing.
Traveling to Beauraing:
Beauraing is often included in tours to France and Belgium and quite easy to get to for independent travelers. It is a short drive south of Brussels and there is also train service from Brussels, although you need to change trains twice. You can get train schedules and fares here.
The town is very small so the Shrine is easy to find. It is a short walk from the train station.
Address: Rue de l’Aubépine 12, 5570 Beauraing, Belgium
GPS coordinates: 50° 6′ 33.0984” N, 4° 57′ 46.1520” E
Tel: (+32) 4 360 02 33
email: [email protected]
Click here for the official website of the Shrine of Our Lady of Bearaing in Belgium. (click the English option on the center right side of the page).