Garabandal, Spain: Our Lady of Garabandal, The Warning and the Miracle
In a century of many reported apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary comes one that is still controversial, yet many feel it is worthy of belief. A tiny hamlet–and very primitive–in the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain was the site of reported apparitions to four young girls beginning on June 18, 1961.
There was a church in the village, but Mass was celebrated only once a week by the parish priest in the nearest town, who traveled to Garabandal on horseback. There is a small stand of 9 pine trees on a hill just outside the village that plays a prominent role in the messages.
This is the story, as has been told by the villagers, mainly Serafin and Paquita Gonzales. Serafin is the brother of one of the visionaries (Conchita). Serafin passed away in 2000, but Paquita remains in Garabandal.
Also, one of the visionaries, Mari Loli Mazon, died in 2009. None of the other visionaries remain in the village.
Here is the story of Our Lady of Garabandal as told by the children:
On June 18th, 1961 four girls: Conchita González, Jacinta González and Mari Loli Mazón (all 12 years old at the time) and Mari Cruz González (who was 11), were playing together near the village when they heard a sound like thunder and suddenly an angel in dazzling white stood before them. The angel said nothing and the girls, terrified by what they had seen, ran to the village church. Over the next few days the angel appeared to them again, but once again said nothing. Over the next several days, many of the villagers joined the girls and prayed the Rosary with them.
Finally, on July 1st, the angel spoke for the first time: announcing that he had come to tell them that on the following day, the Blessed Virgin Mary would appear to them as Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The next day, July 2, Our Lady did indeed appear as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, holding the infant Jesus with two angels at her side.
Our Lady foretold three momentous events that would occur:
1. A world-wide warning to be seen and felt by all (an illumination of conscience).
2. A miraculous sign to be left at the Pines in Garabandal within 12 months of the warning.
3. A final chastisement if mankind does not repent.
There is much more to the story so click here for more details about the prophecies of Garabandal.
And bear in mind that the alleged apparitions remain under investigation by the Church. A great deal of misinformation was distributed that cast doubt on the apparitions but most of that proved untrue. We leave it up to you to decide. Personally we can attest to the sincerity of the villagers who were involved in the early days of the reported apparitions.
Click here for a website dedicated to Garabandal…be sure to watch the outstanding video!
There are several good books about Garabandal available. The most comprehensive is the three-volume set entitled “She Went in Haste to the Mountain“.
Traveling to Garabandal:
The nearest major town is Santander, which has an airport served primarily by Iberia Airlines. San Sebastian de Garabandal is about 50 miles south of Santander. There is no rail service.
There are several tour companies that offer pilgrimages involving a stay at Garabandal.
If you are traveling on your own, you can travel by bus from Santander to Cosio, a little over two miles from Garabandal.
From there you would need a taxi, unless you plan to borrow someone’s mule! Of course, if you are driving, you can make your way directly to the village.
GPS coordinates for the Pines in Garabandal: 43° 11′ 53.4948” N, 4° 25′ 28.3836” W
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Click here for a website dedicated to Garabandal…be sure to watch the video!
Click here for the official website of the parish of Garabandal.