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Pontmain, France: Apparitions of Our Lady of Hope

The story of our lady of pontmain:.

January 10, 1871: It was wartime, and France had been devastated by the Franco-Prussian War. Most of France was under Prussian occupation and the enemy had reached as far as Laval, located in the Normandy area of France. The next are of conquest would probably be the hamlet of Pontmain, some 30 miles away.

In addition to the war, the entire area was engulfed in a Typhoid epidemic and smallpox was spreading. It must have seemed to be the worst of times to those living here.

On January 11th, 1871 , during the Battle of Le Mans, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) put on a mysterious display that had everyone talking. Some people felt that it foretold something that was about to happen.

Not only that, but an earthquake occurred around noon of January 17th . People had begun to lose hope, and were beginning to feel that their prayers were not being heard…or at least not being answered. But, little did they know that their world was about to change!

On January 17, 1871 , as darkness descended on the village, the Virgin Mary appeared to four children above a barn on the farm of the Barbadette family in Pontmain . Eugene, age 12, and his brother Joseph, age 10, were the first to see her in the sky. They described a beautiful lady in a dark blue dress covered with stars. She wore a black veil with a golden crown on her head. Two little girls, Francoise Richer, age 11, and Jeanne Marie LeBosse, age 9, also saw her in the sky.

A written message appeared on a large white banner which unrolled beneath the feet of Our Lady. A message was given to the people that God had heard their prayers and that He would answer their needs shortly. The single apparition lasted three hours.

Within eleven days, Prussia had mysteriously withdrawn its troops. An Armistice was signed and the war was over – Pontmain and France had been spared.

This is commemorated in the barn as shown in the photo.

Within a year, the Bishop of Laval Diocese, Bishop Wicart, authorized devotion at the site. Today the Basilica of Our Lady of Hope welcomes the 200,000 pilgrims that come here to ask for her intercession.

The Feast of Our Lady of Pontmain is celebrated on January 17.

Here is a more detailed description of the events surrounding Our Lady of Pontmain.  You can find a Novena to Our Lady of Hope here .

About the visionaries:   Joseph Barbadette became a priest of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate; his brother Eùgene became a secular priest. One of the girls who had seen the Blessed Mother became his housekeeper, and the other, Jeanne-Marie Lebosse, became a nun.

The Basilica and the Barn in Pontmain:

You can visit both the barn (groups can say Mass there) as well as the magnificent Basilica which was built later.

The Barn in Pontmain

The Basilica and the barn are open daily. The Basilica is very impressive and its large size reflects the popularity of the Shrine. It stands in stark contrast to the barn, which has retained its simplicity.

On the occasions we have visited you can just walk in the barn–there do not seem to be any attendants or anyone in particular in charge. There are a few gift shops in Pontmain selling various statues, books, etc related to the apparitions. Pontmain is not far from Mont St. Michel , the D-Day beaches and other attractions in this part of Normandy.

Traveling to Pontmain:

There is no train service to Pontmain, the nearest station is in Laval, about 30 miles away. From there you can take a taxi to the Shrine, there is no bus service.    Get train schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.

Address:  3 Rue Notre Dame, 53220 Pontmain

GPS coordinates:  48° 26′ 23.0460” N, 1° 3′ 32.5332” W

Tel:  +33 02 43 05 07 26 Fax: +33 02 43 05 08 25

email:  use the contact form on their website.

Click here  for the official website of Our Lady of Pontmain, France. You can find details about Masses and other events. There is an English-language option on the website. There is also a video on the site showing the story of the apparitions.  The video is in French, but if you know the background it is still interesting for those who do not speak French.

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150th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady  of Pontmain

Published on Saturday 16 January 2021

On Sunday, January 17, 2020, in Pontmain , France, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to four children.

It happened in the context of the war between France and Prussia, when many of the young men from the village of Pontmain were involved in the battle and their families had no news about them. The Prussian army was already very close to Pontmain. The parish priest, along with the people of the village, was praying every day for their safe return and for the end of the war.

January 17, 1871, in the late afternoon, a Beautiful Lady appeared to the children and said to them: My children: Pray. God, in short time, will hear you. Your prayer touches my Son.

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The apparition was officially recognized one year later in February 2, 1872.

The Oblates were present in Pontmain, already in 1872. Oblates were invited to take care of the growing number of pilgrims and to build the church, which was consecrated in 1900 and made a minor basilica in 1905. Even now, Oblates continue to serve the pilgrims coming to pray at the shrine. One of the visionaries later became an Oblate.

The celebration of the anniversary was planned as a very solemn event and was supposed to last the whole year. Unfortunately, the pandemic caused that to be greatly curtailed.

Solemn Mass in the shrine on Sunday 17, 2021 at 10.30 AM will be celebrated by Cardinal Parolin and transmission will be on You Tube and television via KTO TV or KTOTV.COM

For more information about the shrine and about the program of the celebration visit the link: www.sanctuaire-pontmain.com

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Our Lady of Pontmain: “But Pray, My Children…”

"But pray, my children. God will hear you in a short time.

My Son allows Himself to be moved by compassion."    

She was dressed in a star-studded robe of dark blue with slippers of the same colour. A black veil on which she wore a gold crown decorated with a red band covered her head. It was in a little village of Pontmain, near the northern end of the diocese of Laval, that the miraculous event occurred. From six to nine that evening the Blessed Virgin appeared continuously in the sky over one of the houses in the village.

At the time of the apparition Pontmain was a small village, inhabited by simple and hardworking country folk, who were guided by their parish priest Abbé Michel Guérin. The Barbadette family consisted of father César, his wife, Victoire, with their two sons Joseph and Eùgene, aged ten and twelve, and another older boy who was away in the army. On the evening of 17 January 1871, the two boys were helping their father in the barn when the eldest, Eùgene, walked over towards the door to look out.

As he gazed at the star studded sky he noticed one area practically free of stars above a neighbouring house. Suddenly he saw an apparition of a beautiful woman smiling at him; she was wearing a blue gown covered with golden stars, and a black veil under a golden crown.

His father, brother, and a neighbour came out to look and Joseph immediately said he too could see the apparition although the adults saw nothing. The mother, Victoire, came out but she too could see nothing, although she was puzzled because her boys were usually very truthful. She suggested that it might be the Blessed Virgin, and that they should all say five Our Fathers and five Hail Marys in her honour.

As it was now about a quarter past six, and time for supper, the boys were ordered inside but soon after allowed to go outside again. The Lady was still there and so the local schoolteacher, Sister Vitaline, was sent for. She couldn't see the Lady, and so she went to fetch three young children from the school to see their reactions.

Immediately they arrived the two older children, two girls aged nine and eleven, expressed their delight at the apparition, describing it as the boys had done, although the youngest child saw nothing.

The adults in the crowd, which had now grown to about sixty people including the priest, could still see nothing and began to say the rosary, as the children exclaimed that something new was happening. A blue oval frame with four candles, two at the level of the shoulders and two at the knees, was being formed around the Lady, and a short red cross had appeared over her heart.

As the rosary progressed the figure and its frame grew larger, until it was twice life size; the stars around her began to multiply and attach themselves to her dress until it was covered with them.

As the Magnificat was being said the four children cried out, "Something else is happening." A broad streamer on which letters were appearing unrolled beneath the feet of the Lady, so that eventually the phrase, "But pray, my children," could be read.

Fr. Guérin then ordered that the Litany of Our Lady should be sung, and as this progressed new letters appeared, making the message, "God will soon answer you." As they continued to sing, another message was formed, one that removed any doubt that it was the Blessed Virgin who was appearing to the children; "My Son allows Himself to be moved."

The children were beside themselves with joy at the beauty of the Lady and her smile, but her expression then changed to one of extreme sadness, as she now contemplated a large red cross that had suddenly appeared before her, with a figure of Jesus on it in an even darker shade of red.

One of the stars then lit the four candles that surrounded the figure, as the crucifix vanished and the group began night prayers. As these were being recited, the children reported that a white veil was rising from the Lady's feet and gradually blotting her out, until finally, at about nine o'clock, the apparition was over.

The following March a canonical inquiry into the apparition was held, and in May the local bishop questioned the children, the inquiry being continued later in the year with further questioning by theologians and a medical examination. The bishop was satisfied by these investigations, and in February 1872 declared his belief that it was the Blessed Virgin who had appeared to the children.

Joseph Barbadette became a priest, a member of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, while his brother Eùgene became a secular priest. He was assisted by one of the girls who had seen Mary as his housekeeper, with the other, Jeanne-Marie Lebossé, becoming a nun. A large basilica was built at Pontmain and consecrated in 1900.

Source: Beevers, The Sun her Mantle, Dublin, 1954.

THE APPARITION OF OUR LADY AT PONTMAIN, FRANCE.

January 1871 was one of the darkest times in the history of France. The Empire had fallen before the advance of the Prussian armies, Paris was under siege, and the enemy forces were driving West. On January 17, the Prussian armies were at the outskirts of Laval. That afternoon the Bishop of Saint-Brieuc signed a solemn vow to Our Lady of Hope, which was read, in the cathedral at six o'clock. Mary chose this particular time to show, in a most extraordinary way, that the prayers of the French people would be answered.

It happened on January 17th, 1871. The German army neared the west of France. The mass of its deserters was endless. They would not heed the commands of their officers, and even though two were executed, it did not stop others from running away.

The snowy weather made for miserable discomfort. All day and night wagons passed through Laval from east to west. All bearing wounded whom needed care. The countryside farmers feared the onslaught of needy and hid their possessions of money, food, wine and linens.Typhoid had broken out and Small pox threatened all. Everything seemed doomed.

Just days before, the Aurora Borealis produced fear and awe in many. Some reported the evening lights as tall masts of ships and others claimed them to look like the steeples of a great cathedral.

The worst fear came with an earthquake at about half past twelve the day of January 17th. No one saved hope for anything. Despondency surmounted unbeatable. Shouts of "No use in praying. God doesn't hear us!" prevailed from even the most optimistic.

In a barn, a family of two young boys and their father crushed thorns to feed the horses. Eugene Barbedettes, twelve and his brother, Joseph, aged ten, were fascinated with the Northern lights and were anxious to see the show that night.

It was in a little village of Pontmain, near the northern end of the diocese of Laval, that the miraculous event occurred. From six to nine that evening the Blessed Virgin appeared continuously in the sky over one of the houses in the village.

The apparition was witnessed by four small children, Eugene and Joseph Barbadette, Francoise Richer, and Jeanne-Marie LeBosse. Joseph, who later became an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, described the Lady as about twenty years of age and very beautiful.

When the children first saw here she stood with her hands extended "like the miraculous medal." What impressed the children most was her delightful smile, which seemed to be directed at each one of them individually. As news of the strange doings spread quickly throughout the little village, the Curé, the Sisters, and all the inhabitants gathered on the spot. After they had recited the rosary at the pastor's direction, a large white banner slowly unfolded under the figure of the Lady and on it were written in letters of gold the words:

"But pray, my children. God will soon answer your prayer. My Son is willing to hear you ."

The need for prayer was all around them and through the children's innocence to see Mary; the hopelessness gave way to prayer for hope. Hope that God would hear their prayers.

Then one of the Sisters led the group in the singing of the hymn, "Mother of Hope". Our Lady's reaction was immediate. Her smile broadened until the children cried out, "She is laughing!" and she raised her hands to beat time to the music.

When the hymn ended, however, her expression became grave for the first time and in her hands there appeared a large crucifix. The cross itself was blood red, the corpus a darker shade. At the top was an extra crosspiece, of white, on which was printed in red letters the inscription, "Jesus Christ." During this part of the apparition, Our Lady's eyes sadly contemplated the cross, the symbol and the pledge of our salvation. With the singing of the hymn, "Ave Maris Stella," the cross disappeared, and Our Lady smiled again, though this time not without a touch of sadness. This tender expression remained on her face until, after the recitation of night prayers by the crowd, a white cloud veiled the Lady from view and the apparition was at an end. Before the news of the event at Pontmain had spread beyond the neighbourhood, Our Lady's promise came true. The very day after the apparition, the Prussians halted their advance and withdrew ten mils. Peace came to the devout clients of Mary in Western France.

The Bishop of Laval lost no time holding a thorough inquiry into the apparition. Careful questioning of the four children and many adult bystanders led him to pronounce that a true apparition of the Blessed Virgin had taken place at Pontmain and to authorize her "cultus" at the scene. Many years later Pope Pius XI, after an exhaustive examination of the evidence, confirmed the decision of the Episcopal court and granted a Mass and Office proper to our Lady of Hope of Pontmain. The barn from which the children had first seen the strange vision in the sky was turned into a chapel and soon became a place of pilgrimage. After the death of the elderly pastor, Father Michael Guerin, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate were placed in charge of the shrine. They erected the great basilica of Our Lady of Hope, which was consecrated in 1900.

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During the trying days of German occupation in the last war, devotion to Our Lady of Hope received a new impetus. Since the end of the war, tens of thousands of pilgrims have journeyed to Pontmain to pay their thanks to the Mother of Hope or to seek her further intercession. The Oblate Fathers and Brothers introduced the devotion to America in 1952.

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Q: What is the history of Our Lady's appearance at Pontmain? Where is the site located?

A: Pontmain is a sanctuary of Our Lady, invoked under the title of Hope. In the darkest hours of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), Mary appeared to two boys (Eugene and Joseph Barbedette) as a lady dressed in a dark blue robe, sprinkled with stars, a crown on her head over a dark blue veil, and in her hands a red cross. She was surrounded by a blue and oval mandorla.

1) At Pontmain, Mary is a sign of hope in the midst of war. She tells of her Son and renews our hope. She invites us to joy and simplicity.

2) She gathered the whole village/parish around her, not only the two boys, but also the pastor, the sisters and other inhabitants of the area. They said the evening prayer together and remained in prayer for over two hours.

3) On a banner, the following message was transmitted to the two seers: "Pray, my children, God will answer before long. My Son lets himself be moved."

4) The large red crucifix was surmounted by a placard bearing the name of Jesus Christ.

The sanctuary is situated in the North of France, specifically, west from Paris through Le Mans, then Laval, then Mayenne, then Fougere. It can be reached by car or train.

There is also a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Funds for this chapel were donated by Bob Hope and his wife Dolores.

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Sanctuary of Our Lady of Pontmain

Basilique Notre-Dame, 53220 Rue Notre Dame, Pontmain, France

Website of the Sanctuary

02 43 05 07 26

Every day: from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm

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Apparition of Our Lady of Pontmain

On January 17th 1871, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Virgin Mary appeared in the sky of Pontmain to four children. She gave a message of prayer and hope.

On February 2nd 1872, the Bishop of Laval, Monsignor Wicart, acknowledged the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Pontmain to be genuine. 29 May 1872

After the death of Father Michel Guérin, Monsignor Wicart, Bishop of Laval, commissions the Missionaries of the Oblats of Mary Immaculate to the construction of a Sanctuary.

15 october 1900 – Consecration of the Sanctuary by Monsignor Geay

21 February 1905 – Pope Pius X elevates the status of the Sanctuary to that off a Basilica

Places of Prayer in Pontmain

Pray in the Chapel of Light  – open day and night, excepted Saturday

Chapel of Light – Situated by the entrance to the Basilica. The chapel contains a beautiful mosaic.

Pray in the Parish Church – open summer 8am – 7pm

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The parish church has been maintained in its original state, at the time of the apparition.

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It is in the church that it all started: on Sunday 15th January 1871, the parishioners gathered for prayer with their parish piest Father Michel Guérin, weighed down in their hearts with anxiety and fear for their 38 youths who had left for the warand for whom there was no news.

It is in this church that they prayed regularly and with fervour. But on that Sunday, they said: “Father we have prayed well, but the good Lord doesn’t hear us” Three days later, on Tuesday 17th January, the Virgin Mary will come to renew their hope: “OH! DO PRAY MY CHILDREN GOD WILL ANSWER YOU VERY SOON, MY SON LETS HIS HEART BE TOUCHED”

Pray in the Basilica  – open summer 7.30am – 7pm

  • In front of the Blessed Sacrament (Blessed Sacrament Chapel)
  • In front of the crowned statue of Our Lady of Pontmain ( Chapel of the Virgin Mary)
  • in front of the adjacent statue of Saint Joseph
  • In front of Saint-Michel (St Michel Chapel)
  • In front of the icon of Our Lady of Families
  • In front of the chapel of the Blessed John-Paul II.
  • In front of Saint Curé d’Ars, Saint Therese of Lisieux

Pray in front of the column of the Apparition

Situated in the square in front of the Basilica, in an area signified by the Witnesses. It is at some 40 metres above this column that the Virgin Mary appeared. Pilgrims like to pray in front of this statue.

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Pray in the Barn of the Barbedette Family – open summer 8am-7pm

The occurrence took place in front of the barn of the Barbedettes where the witnesses gazed at the Apparition of the Virgin Mary; they were surrounded by sixty parishioners who prayed, with their parish priest Michel Guérin.

Today, this barn, with it’s thatched roof is a place developed: for prayer, alone or in a group and to gain an understanding of the apparition:

Pray in the Chapel of the Pastoral Centre of the Sanctuary

It is open for small groups

Pray on the Way of the Cross

Individuals or groups can visit the Domaine de la Croix which is situated on the edge of the town of Pontmain.

It is wooded place, full of history (remains of the Château of Pontmain that was burnt by the English on 31 May 1431), which allows one to prayerfully reflect on the Way of the Cross as described in the Gospel.

To travel from the Last Supper on Holy Thursday to Pentecost and to gather all nations to Mary, in a place where 4 stones bear the letters PAIX (PEACE).

History of the Apparition 

The sky opened… In the barn, the only sound was the conversation between César Barbedette and Jeanne Détais, who had brought some news of the soldiers gleaned at Saint-Ellier where Jeanne had been preparing a corpse for burial.

Eugène went out “to see the weather”. It was then that he suddenly noticed up in the sky, above and behind Augustin Guidecoq’s house, a beautiful Lady.

First phase of the apparition

“She has a blue dress with golden stars, gold-ribboned slippers, a golden crown widening towards the top with a red band around it, and a black veil.”

The beautiful Lady smiled at him as she did at Joseph who joined him a few moments later. “Maybe it’s the Virgin Mary” said Victoire, their mother.

While the events of the first phase were taking place, other things were happening. Victoire went to fetch Sister Vitaline, who in turn went to fetch Françoise Richer and Jeanne-Marie, two young boarders and Sister Marie-Edouard who went to fetch the parish priest.

The villagers ran to the barn and started to pray with Sister Vitaline.

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Second phase

The parish priest arrived amongst his parishioners. The crowd was talking, discussing, moving about: “Let us pray” said the parish priest. Sister Marie-Edouard started to say the Rosary.

The crowd began the Magnificat. Then Joseph Babin, a carter by trade, came back from the market at Ernée. “You’re right to pray,” he shouted to the crowd, “the Prussians have arrived at Laval.” At the parish priest’s invitation the villagers sang the litanies of the Virgin Mary.

They sang ‘Inviolata’. At the invocation ‘O Mater alma Christi carissima’, the crowd ended ‘Inviolata’ and sang ‘Salve Regina’. The crowd prayed fervently, in silence. A blue oval with four unlit candles appeared around the beautiful Lady.

Also, a small red cross was to be seen on her dress at the place where the heart was.

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The beautiful Lady became sad. A few minutes later, she smiled again and as the prayers became more fervent, she grew slowly in size. The oval also grew and the stars multiplied.

A big white banner unrolled under the feet of the beautiful Lady and then a word appeared letter by letter ‘BUT’ .

At that moment the word PRAY was written on the banner and then two other words ‘MY CHILDREN.’

Other words appeared, forming a phrase : ‘GOD WILL ANSWER YOU VERY SOON”

Third phase

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Then they sang another hymn, the one they had sung at school that afternoon.

The Virgin Mary lifted her hands to the level of her shoulders and moved her fingers in time to the hymn as if to accompany an invisible instrument.

Mary was smiling. The banner and the message disappeared. Mary’s face showed great sadness. She seemed to speak but her voice was not beard.

Fourth phase

“My gentle Jesus At hast the time has come To pardon Our Penitent hearts We will never Again offend Thy supreme goodness O gentle Jesus.” The Parce Domine (Spare us, O Lord !) served as a response “Look, she’s becoming sad again” said the children. The silent crowd prayed intensely.

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A red cross with ‘Jesus Christ’ written in white appeared in front of Her. It bore a Christ of the same colour.

The Virgin took the cross in both hands and tilted it towards the children.

A small star came to light the four candles inside the oval, just as the priest did at church on the Holy Virgin’s altar. The star then took up a position above the Virgin’s head.

Fifth phase

Sister Marie-Edouard started the hymn “Ave Maris Stella”. “My dear friends, said the parish priest, we will all say the evening prayer together.”

Everyone kneeled down where they were. When they reached the exanimation of their conscience, something new happened. “Do you still see anything ?” asked Father Guérin. “No Father, it’s all over”.

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It was almost nine o’clock in the evening. Everyone went home. Minds were at rest and all fear was gone.

The red crucifix disappeared. A small white cross appeared on each shoulder and the Holy Virgin smiled again at the children.

A large white veil appeared at the feet of the Virgin. It rose slowly in front of Her, making her disappear from view little by little. It reached the face, then the crown. No more was to be seen.

The witnesses – Eugène Barbedette 

Eugène was born in Pontmain on 4th November 1858. Like his brother, he was taught to pray from a very young age. It has to be remembered that at Pontmain the rosary was said each day in every household since the arrival of Father Michel Guérin.

“As soon as we came back from school, all kinds of small tasks were waiting to be done at home. We had to turn the spinning wheel for our mother and for the servant, fray the old woollen rags, crush the gorse in the barn, slice up the beetroot and carrots to give the animals to eat. I remember that this work was quite hard.we never had time to be idle”(Eugène’s words).

On the morning of 17th January 1871, after working with his father, because he had to replace his elder brother Auguste who had gone off to join the war, Eugène went to church to pray and serve Mass before going to school. In the evening he went back to the barn to work when, going outside to “see what the weather was like”, he was the first to see the Beautiful Lady.

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The witnesses –  Joseph Barbedette

Joseph was born on 20th November 1860. He was of a happier, more cheerful disposition than his brother. Like his brother, he had been brought up by Victoire to pray and to work.

The upbringing that Victoire gave her children was quite usual at that time. It was the mother who was in charge of bringing up the children.

It was not that the father took no interest in his children, but he was busy with his work in the fields whereas the mother stayed at home. He was only brought in as a last resort in cases which were judged by the mother to be sufficiently serious (“I’m going to tell your father”).

Joseph had slept in the barn with Eugène as they were used to doing.

Their father had woken them up early, they had worked, eaten their morning soup and then gone to church where they said their morning prayer and then walked the Way of the Cross (this was to fulfil a promise which Eugène had made to Auguste to ensure that he would come back safe and sound from the war) before serving Mass.

“Oh ! The beautiful Lady ! How lovely she is”. It was with these words that Joseph greeted the apparition when he came out of the barn just after his brother.

The witnesses –  Jeanne-Marie Lebose

Jeanne-Marie was born in Gosné (Ille-et-Vilaine) in the village of Louvel on 12th September 1861. She was the only daughter of François Lebossé and Jeanne-Marie Garancher. The day after her birth she was baptised at the church in Gosné by Father Beaulieu, the parish priest.

This is how Jeanne-Marie arrived at a very young age in Pontmain to live with her aunt Perrine Lebossé, whose religious name was Sister Marie-Timothée of the Cross, and who was born in Laignelet (Ille-et-Vilaine). She was headmistress of the school and also went to people’s homes to give

On the evening of 17th January she followed Sister Vitaline and the two other boarders and saw for herself all that happened that evening above the house of Augustin Guidecoq.

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On 17 of each month

In honour of Our Lady of Pontmain, on 17th of each month in commemoration of the Apparition on 17th of January, a Marian Day has been prepared for pilgrims to Pontmain.

Timatable for 17th of each month

09h 30 : Shared gospel time in the Salle Saint Joseph (the gospel reading of the day) 11 h 00 : Mass followed by the Angelus at the column of the Apparition 15 h 00 : Lecture in the Salle Notre Dame on the theme “Prayer through the psalms with Mary” 16 h 00 : Rosary 16 h 30 : Vespers 17 h 00 : Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Weekday Mass times

  • 08:00 Laude
  • 11:00 Mass – Basilica (in summer) – parish church (winter), followed by the Angelus and the Mid-Day Office
  • 16:00 Rosary – Basilica (in summer) – parish church (winter)
  • 16:30 Vespers – Basilica (in summer) – parish church (winter)
  • 17:00 Exposition – Basilica (in summer) – parish church (winter)

Sunday Mass times

  • 08h00 Laudes
  • 09h00 Mass – parish church
  • 10h30 Mass – Basilica
  • 15h30 Rosary, vespers, benediction (or other celebrations according to circumstances) – Basilica (in summer) – parish church (winter)
  • 17h00 Mass – Basilica (in summer) – parish church (winter)

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Every day: 10:15 to 11:00 and 15:00 to 17:00

Weekdays: 16:00 in the Basilica (in summer) – parish church (winter)

Sundays : 15:30 and benediction (or other celebrations according to circumstances) – Basilica (in summer) – parish church (winter)

Sunday: 16:20 h Exposition after Vespers (16:00) in the Basilica in summer / parish church in winter 

Monday to Saturday: 17:00 to 18:00 h in the Basilica in summer / parish church in winter 

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The Apparition of Our Lady at Pontmain, France

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Of the hundreds of apparitions of the Blessed Mother in the past few hundred years, a lesser known but authenticated one took place in a small village in France in 1871.  Our Lady of Pontmain appeared in 1871 ain a French town, during a crucial time in the Franco-Prussian war. The apparition was extensively investigated and found to be worthy of belief.

Prussian armies had invaded a large part of France, and the nation was in ruins.  On January 17th,  1871, the small town of Pontmain,  in the north of Mayenne, was covered in snow.  Word was out about the enemy progressing into the area.

Eugene and Joseph Barbedette, ten and twelve, are helping their father feed the horse in their family barn.  Just before six o’clock in the evening, taking advantage of a break from work, Eugene leaves the barn and sees in the sky above a neighboring house a “Lady” dressed in a dark-blue robe sprinkled with stars. She spreads her lowered hands in a gesture of welcome and smiles on him.  Joseph comes along a few moments later and also sees the Lady.   But the boys’ father sees nothing.  Then they call their mother, who also fails to see anything even after going back to the house for her eyeglasses.  The parents tell the boys to come in for dinner.  After dinner, the boys still see the beautiful Lady, so the Sisters of the school are called.  Again, they see nothing. But two little girls with them do see the beautiful Lady and describe the star-studded blue robe, the dark veil, and the crown of gold.

The crowd was now about sixty people including the priest still saw nothing and began to say the rosary, as the children exclaimed that something new was happening. A blue oval frame with four candles, two at the level of the shoulders and two at the knees, was being formed around the Lady, and a short red cross had appeared over her heart.

As they prayed the rosary, the apparition figure grew larger, until it was twice life size; the stars around Our Lady began to multiply and attach themselves to her dress until it was covered with them.

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Fr. Guérin then began the Litany of Our Lady, sung, and it was then new letters appeared, spelling out, “God will soon answer you.” As they sang, another message was formed, one that removed any doubt that it was the Blessed Virgin who was appearing to the children; “My Son allows Himself to be moved.”

The children were so happy in the presence of Our Lady Lady and her smile, but her expression then changed to one of sadness, as she now contemplated a large red cross that had suddenly appeared before her, with a figure of Jesus on it in an even darker shade of red.

One of the stars then lit the four candles that surrounded the figure, as the crucifix vanished.  As the crowd continued praying, the children reported a white veil was rising from the Lady’s feet and gradually covering her, until at about nine o’clock the apparition ended. 

Ten days later the war ended.

The following March a canonical inquiry into the apparition was held, and in May the local bishop questioned the children. The inquiry continued later that year with further questioning by theologians and a medical examination. The bishop was satisfied by these investigations, and in February 1872 issued a statement that it was the Blessed Virgin who had appeared to the children.  The final approval for the apparitions of Our Lady of Hope was given in 1932 by Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII.

Joseph Barbadette became a priest, a member of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, while his brother Eùgene became a secular priest. 

A large basilica was built at Pontmain and consecrated in 1900.

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the Basilica of Our Lady of Pontmain, France, built near where the apparition occurred in 1871

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Pontmain and Our Lady of Hope Pt. 1—The Apparition of the Blessed Virgin

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CJS.Org Introductory Remarks:

This is the first part of a highly detailed, well-researched narrative of the Apparition of Our Lady of Pontmain. This is taken from Bernard St John’s 1904 book  The Blessed Virgin in the Nineteenth Century: Apparitions, Revelations, Graces .

There are three parts to this series:

  • Part 1 The Blessed Virgin Appears in the Night Sky
  • Part 2 – The Blessed Virgin Brings a Message to Catholic France
  • Part 3 – A Crucifix the Colour of Arterial Blood 

Before turning to Bernard St. John, let us note that this is the last and least known of the four great approved Marian Apparitions which occurred in Nineteenth Century France.  It occurred in early 1871, after the Blessed Virgin had appeared on French soil in 1830 (the Rue du Bac, Paris) 1846 (La Salette) and most famously Lourdes in 1858.

In order to fully appreciate the significance of Our Lady’s 1871 appearance at Pontmain, it is necessary to know a little of the French history of that time.

Briefly, as 1871 began, France had just suffered a massive invasion from Prussia.

Like the German armies later did in WWI and WWII, Prussian armies had swept across the north of France, laying siege to Paris and moving eastwards into Brittany … and towards Pontmain.

France was incalculably traumatised and as Bernard St John makes clear, sending up prayers of penitence and supplication.

For at that time, the common opinion of Catholics was that France had suffered this terrible and unprecedented defeat, because she had been unfaithful.

For this was an era when France was still not the ultra-secular country she has become day. A vast number of French – perhaps half the population – still deplored the 1789 revolution that had killed the king and vast numbers of Catholics.

Through bearing these considerations in mind, we hope that many readers can better understand the series on Our Lady of Pontmain which commences here …

Pontmain! Pontmain! We cannot easily refrain in our gratitude to Our Lady of Pontmain.

For Kim and I, who created this website, received real grace in Pontmain in France. And for any who may be interested, there is a very personal weblog entry here about our precious, precious time there .

But after that digression, we turn now to Bernard St John and the first part of our series – RB .

Bernard St. John on the Pontmain Apparition

We are in January, 1871. Paris was besieged; two-thirds of the country were in the enemy’s power; the battle of Le Mans had laid Mayenne and Brittany open to the invaders.

Brittany as yet remained intact; but the irruption of the invaders into the neighbouring Mayenne made the movement westward appear imminent.

Then would France have been swept by German soldiery from the Rhine to her extremest ocean frontier.

This is the historic background against which the Apparition of Pontmain must be seen. But there is another background to our subject: it is that of prayer rising from different parts of France as from one heart and from one voice.

The voice of supplication grew more intense and more piteous at and towards that spot where the invader’s next attack was expected. This spot was Laval, chief town of the Mayenne.

There priests and people had besieged Heaven with their prayers, praying especially at the shrine of Notre-Dame d Avenieres. Rennes was not behindhand in the movement; nor Saint-Brieux, which was a very stronghold of prayer in the present emergency.

There, on the memorable January 17th with which we have to do, supplications under exceptional circumstances rose for France, and a solemn promise was made. The hour was between five and six in the evening. The spot where this patriotic and religious manifestation took place was the well-known chapel of Notre-Dame d’Esperance (Our Lady of Hope), the seat of the Archconfraternity founded under that name.

With the background of prayer thus faintly limned before us, we will glance on this same evening of January 17th, 1871, from Saint-Brieux in Brittany to Pontmain in the Mayenne forty leagues off.

Pontmain, a hamlet of some five hundred inhabitants, was to become for ever memorable because of the page of its history to be written that night. Even its geographical position on the borderland between Brittany and Mayenne was to assume historical importance.

Seen by the light of the celestial drama about to be enacted above it, it was to appear as a sentinel guarding Brittany and driving back the invader.

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Belonging to the diocese of Laval, Pontmain was sharing in the fear and desolation reigning through out that city, which the Germans were hourly expected to beseige.

On that night, when it was about to pass into history, we see it beneath a star lit sky and with the whitened roofs of its houses and homesteads showing- against a carpet of frost and snow. The air was intensely cold. The hour was between five and six.

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From this scene, already becoming wrapped in night gloom, we will single out a barn in which, beneath the eye of their father, Cesar Barbedette, two boys were busy breaking up gorse as food for cattle. The lads, Eugene and Joseph, were aged respectively ten and twelve.

They were interrupted in their work by the entrance of a woman of the locality, Jeannette Detais by name. This person had that day heard tidings calculated to console the Barbedette family, and it was to convey these tidings that she looked into the barn that evening.

The news was concerning a young soldier, Auguste Friteau, who was the son of Cesar Barbedette’s wife by a former marriage, and, consequently, half-brother to the boys, Eugene and Joseph.

The father and the younger boy, seated on the furze which they had been breaking up, listened to what Jeannette had to say. Not so the elder boy, who, almost at once, went to the open door and stood there looking up at the sky.

This conduct was the more noticeable on his part for the reason that he was particularly fond of the absent Auguste Friteau, who was moreover his godfather.

Joseph Barbedette, later on, alluding to this circumstance, says: “Humanly speaking, I have never been able to understand why Eugene left us just as we were hearing news of his godfather, of whom he was so fond.”

Eugene’s reason, as given afterwards, was that he went to see what the weather was like. During the quarter-of-an-hour that followed he remained standing by the open door looking up at the sky.

At first he looked at the stars, which appeared to him unusually bright and numerous. Suddenly his sight became rivetted.

Above the house in front of him, and a little behind it, high in the air, though near enough to be distinctly seen, he saw what he took to be a beauteous human figure.

The words that after wards framed themselves in his mind to express what he then saw were: “ Une grande belle dame. ” He was not frightened. On the contrary, he felt happy, and, though moved to the soul, continued to gaze.

The conversation within had come to an end, and Jeanette Detais was about to leave. As the woman stood by the door Eugene said to her: “Jeannette, look above Augustin Guidecoq’s house and tell me if you see anything.”

Jeannette looked. “I see nothing at all, Eugene,” was the reply.

Cesar Barbedette and his younger son, hearing these words, came to the door and looked out. The father was the first to look up. All he could see was a blue starlit sky. Then Eugene said to his brother: “Can you see anything, Joseph?

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“Oh, yes!” exclaimed the latter, “I see a tall, beautiful lady!” ( Une grande belle dame .)

“How is she dressed?” asked Eugene.

“She has a blue dress and blue chaussons ,” said the other.

“Has she a crown on her head?” was next asked.

“Yes,” was the reply; “a gold crown getting wider towards the top, and with a red line round the middle; and she wears a black veil.”

The younger boy’s description exactly corresponded with what the elder one had seen and continued to see.

The father listened to the boys, looking up at the sky all the time.

After a few seconds, he said: “My poor little boys, you see nothing at all. If there were anything to be seen, I should see it as well as you. Go in and finish breaking up the gorse. Supper will soon be ready.”

Then, turning to Jeannette Detais, he added: “Say nothing about this to anyone, as it might cause talk. The children are mistaken.”

“You need have no fear that I shall say anything,” replied the woman, and she went her way.

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The boys went back to their work in the barn. Needless to say their thoughts were not with what they were doing, but with what they had seen.

The father’s thoughts appeared to be in the same direction, for after a few moments he stopped short and said: “Eugene, go and see if the same thing is to be seen.”

The boy was at the barn door in a second. “Oh yes, father!” he exclaimed joyfully; “it is just the same as before.”

“In that case,” said the father, “go and fetch your mother. If there is anything to be seen, she will see it; but say nothing to Louise” (Louise was the servant).

“You have only,” continued Cesar Barbedette, “to tell your mother that I want to speak to her.”

The elder boy ran off, the younger one the while taking advantage of the break in the work to slip outside the door. There he continued looking up at the figure in the firmament that had so rivetted his gaze a few minutes before.

Before going further it will be well to give a description of this figure in the night sky. Presently, on that spot, every detail concerning it was to be told again and again to a little crowd assembled.

And later on, able pens and enlightened minds were to scatter to the four quarters of the globe the facts put forth that evening.

But for our purpose of conveying to the reader in human words something of the sublime picture which the children saw, we prefer quoting from Recit d’un Voyant of the Rev. Joseph Barbedette, now a priest and member of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

What Joseph Barbedette said on this subject as a child he has written as a man; and, to use the words of the Rev. Jean-Baptiste Lemins, O.M.I., his testimony “is a priestly one an oath, so to speak, renewed each day on the altar and over the chalice, and signed with the blood of Christ.”

His description is as follows: “In the air, seven or eight metres above Augustin Guidecoq’s house, I saw a woman of extraordinary beauty. She appeared to be young about eighteen or twenty years of age and tall of stature.

She was clad in a garment of deep blue. When we were told to describe exactly the shade of this blue, we could only do so by comparing it to balls of indigo such as laundresses use for rinsing linen.

Her dress was covered with gold stars, pentagonal in form, all of the same size, and brilliant, but without emitting rays. They were not very numerous, and seemed to be scattered over the blue without regard to method.

The blue garment was ample, showing certain strongly-marked folds, and without girdle or compression of any kind from the neck to the feet. The sleeves were ample and long, falling over the hands. On the feet, which the dress left uncovered, were chaussons of the same blue as the dress and ornamented with gold bows.

On the head was a black veil half covering the forehead, concealing the hair and ears, and falling over the shoulders.

Above this was a gold crown resembling a diadem, higher in front than elsewhere, and widening out at the sides. A red line, from five to six millimetres wide, encircled the crown at about the middle.

The hands were small, and extended towards us as in the miraculous medal, but without emitting rays. The face was slightly oval.

To the freshness of youth was added the most exquisite delicacy of feature and of tint, the complexion being pale rather than otherwise. Smiles of ineffable sweetness played about the mouth.

The eyes, of unutterable tenderness, were fixed on us. I give up further attempting to describe the beautiful figure of her who looked down upon us and smiled.

Like a true mother, she seemed happier in looking at us than we in contemplating her.”

The writer continues: “Notwithstanding that it was night, and that we were separated from the beautiful Apparition by a distance of about a hundred metres, we could see every detail of the face as distinctly as if it had been in full daylight and we had been close by.”

He who, as a priest and a religious, gives us this description, was, as a lad of ten, still looking up into the night sky, when his mother, Victoire Barbedette, arrived on the scene on the memorable January evening in question.

More than this, the little boy was not only looking up into the heavens, but clapping his hands with delight, and exclaiming: “Oh, how beautiful! how beautiful!”

The father meanwhile was looking on in silence. The mother, in presence of this ebullition on the part of her youngest son, went up to the little lad, and giving him a smart slap on the arm, said: “Will you be quiet? Do you not see that the neighbours are looking at us?”

“I cared little what the neighbours were doing,” said Joseph afterwards, “but this smart admonition from my mother made me understand that my raptures were out of place.”

“Mother,” said Eugene, the elder boy, “look up yonder above the house. Do you not see some thing?” The mother looked in the direction pointed to, and then said that she saw nothing.

On this, both boys said together: “Do you not see a tall, beautiful lady with a blue dress, and a black veil and a crown on her head ?”

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“I see nothing at all,” was the reply.

The father continued to look and to listen in silence, but moved to the extent that his eyes were full of tears.

His wife, noticing this, and knowing, moreover, that her boys were not in the habit of lying, began to ask questions.

After listening to what the two had to say, her first impression was that it was an Apparition of the Blessed Virgin they had seen.

Bv this time the sound of voices and the exclamations of the younger boy had attracted the attention of neighbours, and people were seen looking out at their doors.

“What is the matter?” asked one from a little distance.

“Nothing,” said Victoire Barbedette; “the children say they see something, but we see nothing at all.”

On this, carrying out a previous idea, she gathered her family round her in the barn and shut the door. There, the little party fell on their knees, and with faces turned in the direction of the Apparition, they recited five times the Lord’s Prayer and five times the Hail Mary.

This done, the boys, with their mother’s leave, again opened the barn door.

“Do you still see the same thing?” asked Victoire.

“Oh yes, just the same, mother,” was the reply. “I shall go and fetch my spectacles,” said the good woman, “and then I shall see as well as you.”

She quickly came back, followed by Louise the servant. “Now,” said she, adjusting her spectacles, “I too shall be able to see. In what direction is it?”

“Yonder, mother, yonder,” said the two boys pointing with their finger.

“Mother Victoire,” as she was familiarly called in the burgh, began looking as intently as she was able. Louise, the servant, did the same, but neither she nor her mistress could see anything but the stars.

At this juncture, according to the testimony of the two boys, the smile on the face of the Apparition became more marked than heretofore.

Balked in her attempt to see what her sons saw, the mother’s action assumed a shade of asperity.

Turning to the lads, she said: “The truth is, you see nothing – at all, and you are two little story tellers. Go in at once and finish your work. Supper will be ready.”

“Though not in the habit of humouring us, our mother had never spoken to us so harshly before,” said Joseph Barbedette, alluding long afterwards to this incident.

Compelled to return to their work in the barn, the two boys had quickly finished. They then went home, walking backwards all the way, in order not to lose sight for a moment of the beauteous figure in the sky.

“I would stay there all the time if I could,” said Eugene to his father. Almost the first words of the youngest boy on entering his home were: “Mother, may we go back to the barn when we have finished supper? “

The mother consented. “Let us make haste then,” said Eugene.

“Do not let us even sit down,” said the other.

The two having quickly despatched their food, were about to set forth again when their mother said to them: “Since you arc going back there, if you still see the same thing, say again five times the Our Father and the Hail Mary; but do not kneel down because of the cold. Then come back.”

The boys, on reaching the spot, in their joy at seeing the Apparition as before, forgot their mother’s injunction not to kneel down. They instinctively fell on their knees at once and began saying five times the Pater and the Ave .

The father, watching them from his house door, said: “They must see the same thing, for they are on their knees saying, no doubt, the prayers you told them to say.”

The prayers ended, they returned home as they had been told to do.

The mother, more interested than she wished to appear, began asking questions as to the size of the figure in the sky.

“She is about the size of Sister Vitaline,” was the reply. Sister Vitaline was the nun who taught the boys at school.

An idea flashed through Victoire Barbedette’s mind which she lost no time in carrying into effect.

Accompanied by her son Eugene, she at once set forth in quest of Sister Vitaline, saying to herself that nuns were better than other people, and that if there was anything in the sky to be seen, this nun would see it.

She found the good sister in the schoolroom saying her office, and asked her to accompany her at once to the barn. “The children see something in the sky,” she said. “I have not been able to see anything, nor has Louise, but that is, I suppose, because our eyes are not good enough.”

“My eyes are excellent,”said Sister Vitaline, “and if there is anything to be seen, I do not doubt but that I shall be able to see it.”

The little party of three set off. When they had reached the barn door, Eugene, pointing to the spot where the Apparition was, said: “Now, do you see it, Sister Vitaline?”

“It is of no use for me to open my eyes wide,” was the nun’s reply after a moment or two, “for I can see nothing at all.”

“Not see it,”exclaimed the boy energetically. “Do you not,”he continued, “see those three stars forming like a triangle?”

“Yes,” she replied, “I see them.”

“Well then,” pursued the other, “the highest of those stars is just above the head of the beautiful lady ( belle dame ).”

Sister Vitaline looked again, but could not see more than at first. Under the circumstances she decided on returning home at once.

Victoire Barbedette accompanied her back to the community house, which at the time sheltered but three nuns in all, and when about to leave, exacted from her a promise to say nothing to anyone of the subject which had just brought them together.

The nun gave the promise, and quickly broke it, for on entering and seeing three little pupils warming themselves by the fire, she said to them: “Little girls, go with Victoire; she has something to show you.”

“What is it?” they asked.

“I cannot tell you,” said Victoire, “as I have not seen it myself; but the boys say there is some thing to be seen.”

The little girls were Françoise Richer, Jeanne- Marie Lebosse, and Augustine Mouton. They set forth with Victoire at their head, and having no idea of the nature of the unusual sight there was to be seen.

On drawing near the spot for which they were making, Françoise Richer, looking up, exclaimed: “I see something above the house of Augustin Guidecoq, but I cannot tell what it is.”

In truth, she was getting a side and confused view of what was about to break on her sight in its full beauty and splendour.

Eugene Barbedette was calling to them from before the barn door. As soon as they had joined him, and before they had heard a word of what he had to say, Françoise and Jeanne-Marie cried out together: “Oh, the beautiful lady in a blue dress with gold stars!”

They then gave a detailed description of the Apparition, which exactly corresponded with that previously given by the two boys.

It may be mentioned here that the third little girl, Augustine Mouton, on looking up, saw nothing but the blue, starlit sky.

By this time Joseph Barbedette and his father were on the scene, as well as a few neighbours drawn thither by curiosity. Then Sister Vitaline and her companion nun, Sister Marie-Edouard, made their appearance. Sister Vitaline quickly asked whether the same thing was still to be seen.

“Oh, yes,” cried the four children together; “we see a tall, beautiful lady in a blue dress covered with stars.”

Sister Marie-Edouard tried to see, as Sister Vitaline had done, but with no better success. “Since it is only the children that see,” said she, “we must go and fetch other children and younger ones.”

She at once started off in quest of others, and intending to bring back with her, if she could, the venerable parish priest of Pontmain, Abbé Guerin.

Meanwhile, the little group of people by the barn door increased. While the three great stars forming a triangle could be distinctly seen by all, the sublime picture in part enframed within remained invisible except to the four voyants.

A note of prayer was struck by Sister Vitaline, who began reciting aloud, in union with the by standers, the Rosary of the Japanese Martyrs, while the little crowd around continued to increase.

As Sister Marie-Edouard came back accompanied by Abbé Guerin and others, she called out, while still at a little distance: “Do you see it still?”

“Oh, yes,” was the reply.

One of the new-comers was a woman, carrying in her arms, well-wrapped up, a delicate boy of between six and seven. It was her grandson, Auguste Friteau. The child, on arriving on the scene, uttered a cry of delight.

He, too, on looking up, had seen the Apparition, and was able to describe it as the others had done.

And all he then said concerning it he solemnly reiterated three months later when dying, and just before making his First Communion, which, in spite of his but seven years, he was allowed to do on his death-bed.

There was a sixth child on the scene, the two- year-old daughter of a shoemaker of Pontmain, Boitin by name, who, in her mother’s arms, gave every sign of seeing the celestial picture in the night sky.

All the good Abbé Guerin could see was the starlit heavens, the snow-clad earth, and his little flock around him. In his humility and emotion he remained silent.

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The Apparition at Pontmain

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The Apparition of Our Lady at Pontmain

1870, Pontmain, France

Our Lady of Pontmain, Scene of Apparation

On July 19, 1870, Emperor Napoleon III of France declared war against Prussia. From the first days of the war, defeat followed defeat. By January 1871, Paris was under siege, two-thirds of the country was in the power of the Prussians, and they were advancing towards the west of France. By January 17, 1871, the Prussians were just across the river from Laval, which is the city next to Mayenne.

Towards the evening of January 17, Pontmain, a small town in the north of Mayenne, lay under a blanket of snow. Though the roar of cannon could be heard, the Barbedette family was busy with their household chores before supper. In a barn in the middle of town two boys, Eugene, 12, and Joseph, 10, Barbedette, are helping their father feed the horses. Some minutes before six o’clock in the evening, taking advantage of a break from work, Eugene leaves the barn and sees in the sky a “Lady”. She spreads her lowered hands in a gesture of welcome and smiles on him.

Our Lady of Pontmain, 4 Stages of the Apparation

Our Lady of Pontmain, 4 Phases of the Apparition

Joseph comes along a few moments later and also sees the Lady. But the parents of the boys see nothing. The Sisters of the school are called. Again, they see nothing. But two little girls with them, Frances Richer, 11, Jeanne Marie Lebosse, 9, do see the beautiful Lady.

The Lady, as described by Eugene, was dressed in a flowing robe of deep radiant blue studded with gold stars. The sleeves were full, extending up to the hands. She was wearing blue slippers, tied with golden ribbon in the shape of a rosette. Her hair was completely covered with a black veil thrown over her shoulders reaching down to the level of her elbow. On her head, a gold crown rose slightly to a peak. It had no ornament in front except a red band circling the centre. Her hands were extended — “like the Miraculous Medal”, but without the rays of light.

The Visionary Children of Pontmain

The Visionary Children of Pontmain

Eugene, Joseph Barbedette, Marie Lebosse, Frances Richer,

From time to time the Lady would look sad because of some haughty and rowdy people in the crowd, but she would smile back, especially with the prayers and hymns, the Rosary and Marian songs of the people led by the parish priest, Father Guerin, and the two sisters. As the congregation was reciting the Rosary, stars gathered two by two, below the Lady’s feet as if representing the Hail Marys of the Rosary. Then a white banner, about a yard wide, unrolled beneath the Lady’s feet, thus forming a perfect rectangle. Here she spelled her message:

BUT PRAY MY CHILDREN GOD WILL ANSWER SOON MY SON LET HIMSELF BE MOVED

After some time, she raised her hands to the height of her shoulder, arms out and bent slightly backwards and elbows close to her body. Then a large red cross appeared in the hands of the Blessed Virgin. The figure of the crucified Christ was a darker red hue but no blood was flowing from the wounds. The community prayed their night prayers together. A large white veil began to cover the figure of the Virgin, slowly rising to her face and then she gave her last smile to the children. As the night prayers came to a close, the Apparition ended. It was about nine o’clock. The Apparition ended after lasting about three hours.

Our Lady of Pontmain with the Cross

Our Lady of PontmainIn the meantime, late that night of January 17, General Von Schmidt of the Prussian Army who was about to run over Laval towards Pontmain, received orders from his Commander not to take the city. The invasion of the Catholic West never came off. On January 23, 1871, the long-hoped for Armistice was signed. The promise, “God will soon grant your request” of Our Lady of Hope, had been fulfilled. Soon all the thirty-eight conscripted men and boys of Pontmain returned home unscathed. General Schmidt is reported to have said on the morning of the 18th: “We cannot go farther. Yonder, in the direction of Brittany, there is an invisible ‘Madonna’ barring the way.”

On the Feast of the Purification, February 2, 1872, the Most Rev. Wicart, Bishop of Laval, issued a pastoral letter giving a canonical judgment on the Apparition. Thus, the veneration of Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain was given official Church recognition and approval. A basilica was built and consecrated on October 15, 1900.

The Five Phases of the Apparition

First phase.

Apparition of Our Lady of Pontmain in the first phase

The first of the children to see the royal Lady was Eugène Barbedette. The Lady wore a blue dress decorated with stars, very simple shoes with golden buckle, a gold crown on a black veil covering her hair and half forehead down on his shoulders.

The Lady smiled at the child, as at the little brother Joseph who arrived shortly after. The children ran to tell what they saw to both to their dad and mom Victoire, who start to understand it was about the Virgin Mary, ran to find Sister Vitaline at the parish school to tell her what her children said they were seeing.

Another sister, Marie Edouarde, quickly informed the parish priest, Father Michel Guerin. Meanwhile the entire village had come to the barn and they all began to pray guided by Sister Vitaline.

Second Phase

Apparition of Our Lady of Pontmain in the second phase

Shortly, as the priest reached his people at the place, a blue oval with four unlit candles appeared around the beautiful Lady, while a small red cross became visible on her dress, at the level of Her heart.

At that moment she became sad. Meanwhile, the crowd began to discuss what was happening while the uproar grew, then the pastor asked everyone to pray, and Sister Marie Edouarde began to pray the Holy Rosary.

So the Lady start to smile and as soon as the prayer became more fervent She began to increase in size; Also the oval around Her grew and the stars, multiplying in number, went to rest at Her feet.

Once the Rosary ended the crowd sang the Magnificat, and at that moment a large white strip unrolled at the feet of the Lady and letter after letter, words appeared: “But pray my children.”

At the invitation of the priest all prayed the Marian Litanies and the sentence on one line got completed: “God will answer shortly.” Then he intoned the Inviolata, and the invocation “O alma Mater Christi dearest” two terms appeared at the beginning of the second line: “My Son …”

And when the crowd prayed the Salve Regina, the written message continued with “… will allow himself to be moved” . Finally, the large group continued to pray silently. Everyone, from the beginning of the sentence – “My Son” – understood to be indeed the Virgin Mary.

Third Phase

Apparition of Our Lady of Pontmain in the third phase

The people gathered there, then, continued with the song “Mother of Hope”, and at this point the Virgin raised Her hands at shoulder level, moving Her fingers to the rhythm of the song, as if to pluck an invisible harp. The joy of children erupted, ripping them over and over again the cry: “O how beautiful She is!”, While Maria was smiling at them.

Then the two sentences on the strip slowly disappeared, making the message fade away too and giving way to a background color similar to the night sky. Children started another singing, the one they had performed at school in the afternoon; in that very moment Mary’s face showed great sadness.

Fourth Phase

Apparition of Our Lady of Pontmain in the fourth phase

As soon they began to sing, before the Virgin a 50 cm red cross appeared with right above a white scroll with the words “Jesus Christ.” The Lord appeared bloodied. Singing the Parce Domine the Virgin Mary took the cross with both hands and leaned it toward the children, who warned everyone that She was becoming sad again.

Then, a small star lit the four candles inside the oval, just as the same as the priest used to do at the altar of the Virgin in the parish church. The crowd continued to pray in silence, and the star went to position itself above the head of the Lady.

Fifth Phase

Apparition of Our Lady of Pontmain in the fifth phase

Finally, Sister Marie Edouarde prayed the Ave Maris Stella and the red crucifix disappeared, but appeared at the same time, two other small white crosses on each shoulder of the Lady who start to smile again.

The priest invited those present there to pray with him the prayers of the evening and everyone knelt. At the examination of the conscience, a white veil lifted slowly from the Virgin’s feet making Her disappear gradually from the sight of the children.

The vision finally ended at around nine o’clock in the evening. All then returned to their homes.

The Secret of Pontmain

By louis d’alencourt.

This article proposes to revisit the apparition of Pontmain from a new angle, highlighting what would be, according to my interpretation, its eschatological significance.

Like any apparition of the Blessed Virgin, there is an immediate message, which concerns the period of the apparition (in this case the war of 1870 between Prussia and France), and a message with a longer range which will apply to the last times of the world.

An appearance of 3 and a half hours

The first point is the duration of the apparition: it lasts from 5:30 pm to almost 9 pm: almost three and a half hours, but not quite.

We should already know that 3 and a half corresponds to a recurring time in the Bible, expressed in different ways: one time, two times, half a time, or three and a half days, or three and a half years, or 42 months, or 1260 days: it is always the same notion of duration that is expressed by this "3 and a half".

Now this is exactly what Pontmain expresses: a little less than 3 hours and a half.

We find this duration in "3 and a half" at key moments of the holy history: it is about the duration of the public life of Christ (a little less than 3 years and a half), it is also the duration of the life of the beast of the Apocalypse, 3 years and a half, or 42 months, time which will be shortened promised to us by Jesus in Matthew 24.

There is therefore a first link, by this duration, with the end of time, and mainly with the hardest period of tribulations, that of the reign of the beast, therefore of the Antichrist.

Our Lady of Pontmain, A silent apparition and at night

A silent appearance and at night

The second link with the end of times confirms what it is perceived. An extremely rare case, but not unique.

So Pontmain was an apparition:

1) Silent 2) At night 3) And in the sky

It is important to know the symbolism of the places and to relate them to the biblical symbolism. When Mary appears in a grotto at Lourdes or on a mountain at La Salette, she expresses the same notion: the grotto, the mountain, means isolation from the world .

When Jesus says, “When you see the abomination of desolation raised in a holy place, those who are in Judea flee to the mountains” (adding carefully: “the one who reads understand” ). He does not refer to an escape, but to a resistance of the people of God before the world. Because when this is not governed by Christian principles, it belongs to Satan, and we call it Babylon.

“Get out of Babylon, my people!” is the alarmed cry of the Apocalypse, that tells us not to take part in abominations and in the perverse life of the world. In other words not to mix to it. In fact, “Pray and do penance” is the constant message of Lourdes and La Salette.

We note that at Fatima, Mary is like resting on a tree; that already announces the Garden of Eden, the heavenly Jerusalem, and then the resurrection of the Church indicated by the miracle of the sun.

At Pontmain we are not there yet, because if Our Lady appears at night, in the sky, and without speaking, it means that we are in the full of the tribulation, then in the darkness, and that she will be our only beacon, a light only apparently silent.

In La Salette, speaking of the apostles of the last times, She clearly says:

“I am with you and in you, provided that your faith is the light that illuminates these days of doom. Fight, children of light, few who can see, because now is the time of times, the end of ends.”

Then the light is faith, the guide is Maria, and including a little “rest”, the whole world is in the dark. For this reason She is silent, because She will draw near us spiritually, through faith. During the trials, the time of Her appearances will be over, everything will be at the inner level.

Another small detail: behind the Guidecoq house, there was a field (at the location of the present church), and She showed herself above it, as in Tilly.

Phase 1 – Mary is the Bridge

Our Lady of Pontmain, 1st Phase of Apparition

Maria act as a bridge between the beginning and the end of the Church

When She appears, she is alone in the sky. He wears a blue dress dotted with stars; has a black veil on her head that goes down to half the forehead (and seems to confirm what has just been said as a symbol of suffering and pain), and on this, a gold crown (the center surrounded by a thin red outline).

The stars, with five points, can be seen as a reference to the number 5, for example in the fingers of one hand (which by the way She will be moving together with the other one, to give rhythm to a song).

The village is called Pontmain (Bridge-hand), as if the message were: “I’m a bridge between two elements which value is 5” . This figure probably also refers to the final anguish of the Church, since it personifies the five wounds of Christ.

It can be said, therefore, that Pontmain represents the bridge of the last Passion of the Church, during which Mary watches over his people announcing and promising the return of His Son (the Parousia).

The Virgin Mary is at the center of 3 big stars: a clear reference to the divine Trinity, of which She is the Messenger.

Phase 2 – The Coded Message

Our Lady of Pontmain, 2nd Phase of Apparition

A code Message

The second phase is crucial for the understanding of the whole message and it begins with the arrival of the priest Guérin to the barn.

What happens at that moment?

1) The moment he arrives, a small red cross is quickly outlined on the heart of Mary.

2) With the same speed and at the same time a blue oval appears around the beautiful Lady, leaving outside the 3 mentioned stars, and within 4 holders with their unlit candles.

It is clear that the small red cross, formed at the arrival of the priest, symbolizes the Church, and its color reveals the future labor.

The same meaning emerges for the oval, from which it can be understood the following:

– That the Church enters into Her Passion (red cross) – This is bounded in time (oval closed) – That its duration will be based on four (4 candles) – That the Trinity controls the operations (because the 3 stars are left out) – That Heaven gives us the Holy Mother as the main support and guide during the distress (because She is inside the oval). – That the Passion will take place in unfolding stages such as the apparition does.

Second part of phase 2 – The Writing Banner

Pontmain, Banner

Here, the analysis does not take into consideration, for now, the content of the written text but its symbolic aspect which seems to contain an encrypted message.

1) It seems that the only instruction given is the prayer: “Mais priez” (But pray). 2) Maria get close to Her people but not to all: “mes enfants” (my children). 3) The “Mais” (initial word, ie “But” ) is shown alone, for 10 minutes. Why?

Because it gives us a precise calendar of events, and therefore it is no longer the situation, since that moment, to doubt about the connection with the tribulations of the end times. The letters of “Mais” summed, (according to the French alphabet; ndt), form the number 42. (a = 1, b = 2 etc.).

Well, as it has been seen previously, 42 months are 3 and a half years, and correspond mainly to the life time of the “beast” of the Apocalypse.

Thus, the lonely persistence (for 10 minutes) of the first term “Mais” means: “What I have to tell you is in relation to the 42” or “begins with 42” and we know what this figure indicates, just read chapter 13 of  the Book of Revelation concerning the period of the beast, the sixth trumpet.

Thus it would be explained, “the error” of the initial “But” , since it should only be utilized as continuation of another sentence (here missing) that justifies the meaning.

As a result, thanks to the 42, we now know that this “But” introduces the sixth period and implicitly refers to earlier times. We are in the middle of the three apocalyptic woes, rightly in the second one.

4) Finally, the statement is a promise full of hope: the prayers of Her children will be answered.

This providential “but” directs us not only to the period of time we are in, compared to the Apocalypse, but it suggests a sentence containing some indication of events, because through this written message, the Virgin reveals the unfolding of the tribulations and their key dates.

Our Lady of Pontmain, 2nd Phase of Apparition with Banner

The second part of phase 2: the writing banner

The Message reveals at least two reading levels

a) An immediate meaning – the promise of a divine intervention in short-term – to the extent in which the people of God will get it through prayer; as it was the case of the armistice (between France and Prussia) that became effective few days later.

b) A code meaning, for a long-term interpretation, which is located in the very structure of the sentence:

In the first line: 47 points + 1 large golden dot.

In the second line: 22 letters + 1 underlined trait that emphasizes it totally.

Because the appearance took place in January 17, 1871, the calculation is simple:

1) 1871 (included, because we are at the beginning of the year) + 47 = 1917: Fatima.

We note that Fatima is fully symbolized in the 48th “character”: a big dot “like a golden sun of the same height of the letters” according to the saying of the seers. And the apparition of Fatima is famous for the miracle of the sun on October 13.

2) 1917 + 22 = 1939.

But, if you consider that the big dot has value of a letter, by having the same height of the other ones, as said previously above, the following counting follows:

1917 + 1 + 22 = 1940.

The first calculation gives the year of the declaration of war from France to Germany.

The second one, vice versa, refers to the invasion and occupation of France by the Germans; sad reminder of the 1870-1871 situation… but worse!

3) The undeline represents the totality of the second sentence, therefore, it can be considered to have the same value, namely 22 other typefaces! So we have:

In the first calculation – 1939 + 22 = 1961 – the year of the official convocation of the Second Vatican Council through the Bolla of Convocation “Humanae salutis” of Pope John XXIII on  December 25, 1961.

Bolla of Convocation “Humanae Salutis” of Pope John XXIII

Bolla of Convocation “Humanae Salutis” of Pope John XXIII

In the second calculation – 1940 + 22 = 1962 – the actual year of the same Council opened on October 11, 1962.

In the underlined sentence is contained, however, an information that does not appear explicitly and it needs to be extracted. It comes from the empty gaps equally highlighted by the long underline, and they are 4.

If normal spaces are only “white” and “empty”, therefore they cannot be calculated, those underlined possess an additional footprint that gives them a special value.

Therefore, adding them to the first counting, that is the year of the official convocation of the Council, you get the date of his conclusion:

1939 + 22 + 4 = 1965 (that is on December 8, 1965).

Here, therefore, the symbolic message of Pontmain in 3 key dates:

1) Fatima and the First World War 2) The Second World War 3) The Second Vatican Council rightly considered by Monsignor Lefebvre, similar to a third world war.

One last point:

The banner begins to form at praying the Magnificat , namely during a messianic hymn announcing the Divine Justice, rewarding the good and confusing the wicked.

The message continues to be appear gradually during the Litanies , the Inviolata and Salve Regina , that are the three prayers that put us under the protection of the Holy Virgin.

Phase 3 – Hope

Our Lady of Pontmain, 3rd Phase of Apparition

After having transmitted this important writing, Maria insists on hope. The third phase is dedicated precisely to this virtue. Why?

1) The message on the banner remains on display for the entire period of the song “Mother of Hope.”

2) Mary accompanies the choir smiling and moving his fingers.

She thus highlights the importance of such a virtue, as She had already announced at La Salette. Hope that is contained in the same text of the Magnificat . That’s why the written banner began to make itself visible with that song.

The same text that Our Lady presented, five years later (even 5), in Her apparition of Pellevoisin, in continuity with that of Pontmain.

Phase 4 – The Passion of the Church

Our Lady of Pontmain, 4th Phase of Apparition

The fourth phase very clearly expresses the entrance into the most active and toughest of the tribulations, we will call it the Passion of the Church itself.

The banner that has just dissolved, and there is, therefore, at the end of the dates described above: those of 1962 or 1965, right after the Vatican Council II.

And what happens?

1) She falls back in sadness. 2) A bright red cross appears with a Christ of the same color but darker. 3) Above the Divine Crucified a wording appears with capital letters: JESUS CHRIST. 4) A star lit the four candles.

The bloodied Christ and red cross show without doubt the Passion of the Church entered, in fact, in the more crude age of Her persecution, after the Vatican Council II.

Where did the stricken look on Maria’s face come from that surpassed everything one can imagine? – You ask Joseph Barbedette.

When one knows what the Church has become in 50 years, its liturgy, faith, the apostasy and the plethora of lost souls and sent to hell, you can very well understand this immense expression of sadness.

The four lit candles indicate that this phase is based on a value of “4”

And it is certainly about the Church since She is always in the oval.

Jésus-Christ = 151

The name of Jesus Christ, written in full, is an eschatological indication that it can be interpreted this way.

Before the altar, we say “adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini,” which means: “Our aid is in the name of the Lord.” Not uniquely in the Lord, but also in His name!

This name has a value of “151”, using the same method used for the “ Mais” or “Ma” (that is counting and summing up the French alphabet; NDT), without doing any numerology.

Now, having Our Lady at La Salette in 1864 given the indicative starting point of the period of persecution (for the Church) in the broadest sense, that year added to 151 gives 2015. And this confirms that we are living, in full, the last extra time at our disposal.

Keep in mind also that this sentence is being formed during the singing of the “Parce Domine” which is particularly tailored to the tribulations:

“Parce Domine, parce populo tuo” (Forgive me Lord, forgive your people) “It in aeternum irascaris nobis” (Do not get angry with us forever).

The correlation between the unfolding of the apparition and the songs (and what they mean) is very enlightening.

Phase 5 – The Sepulchre and the Two Witnesses

The priest ask the people to sing the Ave Maris Stella and instantly:

Our Lady of Pontmain, 5th Phase of Apparition

1) The red cross disappears. 2) The four candles stay lit. 3) Two small white crosses are placed on the shoulders of the Virgin. 4) She returns to smile but with a footprint of gravity, as if she remained a memory of Her previous sadness.

This, too, is very simple to understand: the crucifix disappears because the Church is in the sepulchre; this is the last phase of the Passion; that’s why the four candles are lit and the oval is always there.

And since the Church is in the sepulchre, there remain only the right, symbolized by the two white crosses that represent the two witnesses of the Apocalypse.

The latter are the emblem of the laity and the consecrated still faithful to the ancient doctrine (the loyalty so highly demanded by Jesus in the Gospel) guided only by faith and hope in this last period of deception and suffering.

In the previous stage, Maria was looking at the crucifix, while here again She has Her eyes turned toward on the visionaries, Her children, therefore the children of God, the righteous remained faithful, and described at La Salette as apostles of the last times.

And above all, the last song is that of the Ave Maris Stella , which explains the whole course of three years at the sepulchre, during which the Virgin Mary and the apostles of the last times will act to achieve what is contained in the song (Ave Maris Stella) itself. And it is natural that this is the last one, that contains everything!

The Latin text of the hymn as authorized for use in the Liturgy of the Hours of the Roman Rite (ordinary form) is the following:

Ave, maris stella, Hail, star of the sea, Dei mater alma, Nurturing Mother of God, atque semper virgo, And ever Virgin felix cœli porta. Happy gate of Heaven.

Sumens illud «Ave» Receiving that “Ave” hail Gabrielis ore, From the mouth of Gabriel, funda nos in pace, Establish us in peace, mutans Evæ nomen. Transforming the name of “Eva” Eve

Solve vincla reis, Loosen the chains of the guilty, profer lumen cæcis, Send forth light to the blind, mala nostra pelle, Our evil do thou dispel, bona cuncta posce. Entreat (for us) all good things.

Monstra te esse matrem, Show thyself to be a Mother: sumat per te precem Through thee may he receive prayer qui pro nobis natus Who, being born for us, tulit esse tuus. Undertook to be thine own.

Virgo singularis, O unique Virgin, inter omnes mitis, Meek above all others, nos culpis solutos Make us, set free from (our) sins, mites fac et castos. Meek and chaste.

Vitam præsta puram, Bestow a pure life, iter para tutum, Prepare a safe way: ut videntes Jesum That seeing Jesus, semper collætemur. We may ever rejoice.

Sit laus Deo Patri, Praise be to God the Father, summo Christo decus, To the Most High Christ (be) glory, Spiritui Sancto To the Holy Spirit tribus honor unus. Amen (Be) honour, to the Three equally. Amen.

The barn Barbedette

The barn Barbedette

Conclusion – The Ultimate Secret, the Birth

It was found that in the Pontmain Our Lady drew crowds to grant graces of holiness and repentance; physical healings were few so that the abbot Guérin, seeing so great a number of people returning to God, called her “Our Lady of Conversion.”

This is what it is all about at the end of time, when it is not the bodies that need to be healed, but the souls. Therefore, her official name is:

Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain

And speaking of hope, I will conclude with a small parallel on the concept of birth. Then why is the Virgin showing a large dress without belt and shoes that look like slippers?

Because this is the keeping of pregnant women, or rather, of the woman who has just given birth, but the beautiful Lady is not waiting, but rather in the privacy of Her own home, as it is in time of pregnancy, about 40 days after birth, well symbolized by the 40 days of fasting in the desert or the 40 years prior the entering of the Promised Land.

This is the reason of Her long stay beyond (3½ hours) so that the purification of the children of God was concluded through the great tribulation.

What kind of birth is mentioned in these apocalyptic times? It is about that Christian humanity that Jesus, after He left the Earth, wanted to be carried on by His Church.

The Church itself, for that matter, would pass through the same stages of the formation of a man: conception, birth, childhood, maturity and decline; just like the image of Her Divine Master, whose life, passion, death, burial, resurrection or re-birth are the emblem of the similar Resurrection of the Church, the future heavenly Jerusalem.

Our Lord too, uses several times the concept of labor and birth.

The actual duration of a pregnancy is 38 weeks or 266 days between ovulation and birth. At the end of this period the childbirth comes.

So: time = 38 weeks of pregnancy = 266 days; birth at the 39th week.

Conclusion:

– The Christ has been raised between the 38th and 39th hours. – At Pontmain, 38 men had gone off to war and they are all returned. – The department of La Salette bears the number 38. – The paralytic of Bethesda was sick for 38 years. – May 13 2016 will use, surprisingly, the 38th month of the pontificate of Francis, (that may mark the entrance of mankind in the tribulation times), and it will be the day when the apparition of Fatima will enter its 100th year (with the end of one hundred years allowed to Satan; NDT), and the Pope will enter its 39th month of investiture.

It is therefore all very clear: Pope Francis is the last pope of a complete cycle of the Petrine Church told in Revelation that ends with the birth of a New Church Called the Heavenly Jerusalem.

The Re-birth of the Church is, therefore, announced May 13, 2016, the date from which will trigger the recent events required for its resurrection: the fall of Babylon, the punishment of the wicked and the final purification of God’s children.

It is therefore possible and very probable that from that moment on, several events will unfold as heralds of the “Dies Irae” (or Day of Wrath).

With this it is already three years that I am warning tirelessly my contemporaries. But they smile and continue to believe in lies and human solutions. However, one day the invisible will become visible and at that time there will be no forgiveness possible for anyone.

It is necessary to prepare before, to render terse our souls, by rejecting our sins and combat them.

In the book of Jonah, the city of Nineveh was spared because the totality of its inhabitants did penance for 40 days.

The Babylon of today, despite the alarm cry of the apostles of the last days, does not want to change her mind, they rely on messages and warnings from heaven that come from all over in large number.

For this reason, Babylon the great will not be spared; her 40 days are about to run out and it will eventually fall into shame unexpectedly and suddenly.

The one who has ears intend what the Spirit says to the churches (the phrase repeated 7 times, at the end of each church described in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3).

Clarification

This article is the text of my conference given in Tilly-sur-Seulles on April 23, 2016. The interpretation of the Pontmain apparition is personal to me, except for the passage concerning the coded message (the 3 periods from 1871 to 1965), which is the result of a collective work, a discovery made with my friends of the Pontmain group, directed by Chouan de cœur, which meets every 17th of the month in Pontmain to ask Our Lady for the return of the King.

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Reconnecting with mary . . . pontmain apparition, france, january 1871.

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY

The Franco-Prussian War, which began in 1870, was the backdrop to this silent apparition of Our Lady at Pontmain in northwestern France. By January 1871, the country was in a very serious position militarily, with the Prussians controlling two-thirds of the country and Paris besieged. It seemed to be only a matter of time before Mayenne and Brittany, the northwestern part of the country, would also be taken. The next attack was expected at Laval, the capital of Mayenne, less than 30 miles from Pontmain, where the Blessed Virgin would appear. At the time, Pontmain was a small village, inhabited by simple and hardworking country folk, who, guided by their parish priest, Abbé Michel Guérin, sought to live as good Christians. The Barbedette family consisted of father César, his wife, Victoire, with their two sons, Joseph and Eugène, aged ten and twelve, and another older brother who was away in the army. On January 17, 1871, after going to early morning Mass, the boys spent the day at school as usual. On their return, they were helping their father in the barn when a neighbor, an elderly lady named Jeannette Détais, called in and began to talk with César. During the conversation, the older boy, Eugène, walked over toward the door to look out, and noticed one area practically free of stars above a neighboring house. This puzzled him; but, as he gazed at it, suddenly he saw an apparition of a beautiful woman smiling at him; she was wearing a blue gown covered with golden stars, and a black veil under a golden crown. As Jeannette Détais was about to leave, Eugène asked her if she could see anything, and as she replied in the negative, his father and brother came out to look. Joseph immediately said he too could see the apparition, although their father, like the old lady, saw nothing. He asked Eugène if he could still see the Lady and on being told “Yes,” asked him to go and fetch his mother. Victoire arrived but like the other adults she could see nothing, although she was puzzled because her boys were usually very truthful. She suggested that it might be the Blessed Virgin, and that they should all say five Our Fathers and five Hail Marys in her honor. By this time the neighbors were coming out to see what was going on, and the Barbedettes withdrew into the barn to pray. The family servant, Louise, was called but she too could see nothing; and as it was now about a quarter past six, the family went inside for supper. Victoire gave the boys permission to go out again soon after, and, on hearing that the Lady was still there, went to fetch Sr. Vitaline, the local schoolteacher. Eugène pointed to three bright stars in the shape of a triangle and told her that the Lady’s head was in the middle of them. Although Sr. Vitaline could see the stars, she saw nothing else, and so she went to get three young girls from the school to see their reactions. Immediately they arrived, the two youngest of these, aged nine and eleven, expressed their delight at the apparition, describing it as the boys had done, although the oldest girl saw nothing. The three stars were seen by everyone that evening, but disappeared after the apparition. It was decided to fetch other children, and another sister called at the presbytery to tell Fr. Guérin, who, after some hesitation, decided to come out as well. As he reached the barn with his housekeeper, a child of two and her mother had just arrived. Immediately the infant looked with delight at the apparition, clapped her hands, and called out the name of Jesus, as taught by her mother. The next evening the child was taken back to the same spot at the same time and told to look, but gave no indication of seeing anything. The adults in the crowd, which had now grown to about 60 people, including the priest, could still see nothing and began to say the rosary, as the children exclaimed that something new was happening. A blue oval frame with four candles, two at the level of the shoulders and two at the knees, was being formed around the Lady, and a short red cross had appeared over her heart. As the rosary progressed, the figure and its frame grew larger, until it was twice life size; the stars around her began to multiply and attach themselves to her dress until it was covered with them. As the Magnificat was being said, the four children cried out, “Something else is happening.” A broad streamer on which letters were appearing unrolled beneath the feet of the Lady, so that eventually the phrase, “But pray, my children,” could be read. Fr. Guérin then ordered that the Litany of Our Lady should be sung, and as this progressed new letters appeared, making the message, “God will soon answer you.” As they continued to sing, another message was formed, one that removed any doubt that it was the Blessed Virgin who was appearing to the children: “My Son allows Himself to be moved.” The children were beside themselves with joy at the beauty of the Lady and her smile, but her expression then changed to one of extreme sadness, as she now contemplated a large red cross that had suddenly appeared before her, with a figure of Christ on it in an even darker shade of red. One of the stars then lit the four candles that surrounded the figure, as the crucifix vanished and the group began night prayers. As these were being recited, the children reported that a white veil was rising from the Lady’s feet and gradually blotting her out, until finally, at about nine o’clock, the apparition was over.

Our Lady Of Hope

It is worth noting that earlier that evening, at the house near Paris where Catherine Labouré — the seer of Rue du Bac and the Miraculous Medal — lived, the sisters observed the remarkable color of the western sky, which some felt was an omen. Catherine looked but said nothing, although later, when the events of Pontmain became known, it was suspected that she had some inkling of what had happened. In any event, it appears that she certainly believed that our Lady appeared there, since she said as much to a fellow nun in 1872, telling her to send her prayer intentions to the village, because “the Blessed Virgin revealed herself there.” The following March a canonical inquiry into the apparition was held, and in May the local bishop questioned the children. The inquiry was continued later in the year, with further questioning by theologians and a medical examination. The bishop was satisfied by these investigations, and in February 1872 declared his belief that it was the Blessed Virgin who had appeared to the children. Joseph Barbedette became a priest, a member of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, while his brother Eugène became a secular priest. One of the girls who had seen Mary assisted him as his housekeeper, while the other, Jeanne-Marie Lebossé, became a nun. A large basilica was built at Pontmain and consecrated in 1900. During his reign, Pope Pius XI confirmed the decision of the bishop and granted a Mass and Office for Pontmain under the title “Our Lady of Hope.”

(Donal Anthony Foley is the author of a number of books on Marian apparitions, and maintains a related website at www.theotokos.org.uk.)

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Introduction

The Notre-Dame de Pontmain basilica, also called the Notre-Dame de l’Espérance de Pontmain basilica (Basilica of Our Lady of Hope in Pontmain, France)  was built at the end of the 19th century in Pontmain, near the site of the Marian apparition of Pontmain on 17th January 1871. Consecrated in 1900, it was elevated to the rank of minor basilica in 1905.

Built in granite in the neo-Gothic style, it has large colored windows, made over the decades (the latest date from the end of the 20th century). Two towers house a carillon of 39 bells.

Architecture of Basilica of Our Lady of Hope in Pontmain, France

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Following the apparition and its canonical recognition, the Abbé Guérin, parish priest of Pontmain, ensured the reception of pilgrims with the nuns of the school. But after his death in 1872, the bishop called the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate to animate the first pilgrimages and to preach in the region. The influx of pilgrims to Pontmain is increasing rapidly, hence the need to build a sanctuary. Bishop Wicart asked the architects for a church that could accommodate 1,000 people (today the site can accommodate 1,280 people).

  • Bishop Wicart, Bishop of Laval, lays the first stone of the Basilica of Pontmain on 17 th June 1873, but dies soon after.
  • The church was completed in 1893, but it was not consecrated until 1894, on 15 th October, 1900 the church was consectreated by Bishop Pierre Geay.
  • On 21 st February 1905, Pope Pius X raised the sanctuary of Pontmain to the rank of minor basilica and attached it to Sainte-Marie-Majeure.
  • On 22 nd , 23 rd & 24 th September 1908 the church is solemnly proclaimed “Basilica of Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain”, in the presence of two archbishops, four bishops, 600 priests and 15,000 pilgrims.
  • In 1946 the ceremonies for the 75 th anniversary of the apparition, presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio Mgr Roncalli, future Pope John XXIII.
  • This basilica participates in the revival of the Marian cult, attested by the process of “sacral recharging” of the pilgrimage sanctuaries shaken by the contestation of the Age of Enlightenment.

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Pilgrimages

From the first days following the apparition, even before the opinion of the Church on the authenticity or not of the apparition, pilgrims go to the place to pray there because they see in the rapid departure of the troops Germans of the department (in the days following the apparition), the sign of the protection of the Virgin. This is why spontaneous pilgrimages were immediately organized in Pontmain. Abbé Richard will count the March 2 (a little over a month after the apparition), about 400 pilgrims in the village. In the spring, there are already between 3,000 and 4,000 people a day.

Following the apparition and its canonical recognition, the Abbé Guérin, parish priest of Pontmain, ensured the reception of pilgrims with the nuns of the school. But after his death in 1872, the bishop called the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate to animate the first pilgrimages and to preach in the region. The influx of pilgrims to Pontmain was rapid. For the first anniversary of the apparitions, the 17 th January 1872, there were already 8,000 people. Coming first from the department, the pilgrims gradually come from all over France, then from abroad.

In 1903, the Oblates were expelled from France, following the policy of separation of Church and State. They would not return until after World War I. During this interval, it is the village priest who takes care of the pilgrims. The Oblates are still present today and welcome pilgrims to the Oblates’ house in Pontmain, a former juniorate and novitiate of the congregation. Today there are approximately 300,000 pilgrims per year and 4,000 pilgrims (per day) during major feasts (such as the Assumption).

17 th January 2021, the sanctuary has celebrated the 150th anniversary of the apparition with special festivities.

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The church was built on a swamp. To prevent the building from collapsing, the builders sought to lighten its structure. This is why the stones stop at the first floor, and are then followed by large stained glass windows. The church can now accommodate 1,280 people, and the esplanade in front of the building can bring together several thousand pilgrims during major celebrations.

The building, in neo-Gothic style, is built entirely of granite. It is not oriented east-west but turned towards the house of the apparition. Its nave is separated from the aisles by strong pillars, and it ends in a chancel with canted sides. The two spiers of the basilica, which house 39 bells, are visible more than 10 km from Pontmain.

The Stained Glass Windows

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Inside, ten large windows depicting Marian apparitions in France (at La Salette, Lourdes and Pontmain) and scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. The stained glass windows were made in five successive periods :

  • From 1874 to 1887 by the master glassmaker Édouard Rathouis, in the workshops of the Carmel of Le Mans : stained glass windows in the choir and stained glass windows at the back of the chapels of the transepts.
  • From 1897 to 1898 by master glassmaker Alleaume, from Laval : stained glass windows in the side chapels, except for those in one chapel which are by master glassmaker Fournier from Tours. We see in particular the red crosses of the apparition.
  • In 1955 by the master glassmakers of Rennes Paul and André Rault, the large windows of the Art Deco style transepts.
  • From 1966 to 1978 by master glassmaker Maurice Rocher, from Paris, by the Degusseau workshops in Orléans: stained glass windows in the nave (non-figurative style influenced by Cubism). She plays on the different blues (37 in total), because “the blue of the Virgin [during the apparition] was not identifiable by the seers”.
  • In 1998 by master glassmaker Bernard Renonce: the rosette (non-figurative style). This creation is embraced by the shapes of the organ case.

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The great gallery organ was built in 1931 by organ builder Gloton-Debierre and was repaired in 1960 by Beuchet-Debierre.

It has 34 sets, with electro-pneumatic transmissions. The buffet, in neo-Gothic style, occupies the entire width of the nave; it was designed to completely clear the view of the large front rosette in front of which the instrument is placed.

A restoration is planned from 2020, with a call for donations to finance it.

The Towers of the Pontmain Basilica house a carillon of 39 bells, the 5 largest of which are peals. Originally equipped with 25 bells cast in 1896 by the Paccard foundry in Annecy-le-Vieux, the carillon was successively increased to 32, 37 and then 39 bells.

Our Lady of Pontmain

Our Lady of Pontmain, also known as Our Lady of Hope , is the title given to the Virgin Mary following her apparition at Pontmain, France on 17 January 1871.

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The Apparition

The Franco-Prussian War (also called the War of 1870) was the culmination of years of tension between the two nations, which finally came to a head on 19 July 1870, when Emperor Napoleon III of the Second Empire declared war against Prussia. From the first days of the war, defeat followed defeat. By January 1871, Paris was under siege, while two-thirds of the country was under the advancing Prussians.

The apparition is said to have occurred at the height of the war. Pontmain, a hamlet of about 500 inhabitants, lay between the oncoming Prussian army and the city of Laval. The local Barbedette family consisted of father César, his wife, Victoire, with their two sons Joseph and Eugène, aged ten and twelve, and another older boy who was away in the army.

On the evening of 17 January 1871, the two boys were helping their father in the barn when the elder, Eugène, walked over towards the door to look out. As he gazed at the star-studded sky, he suddenly saw an apparition of a beautiful woman smiling at him; she was wearing a blue gown covered with golden stars, and a black veil under a golden crown.

His father, brother, and a neighbour came out to look and Joseph immediately said he too could see the apparition although the adults saw nothing. The mother, Victoire, came out but she too could see nothing. The boys’ parents could not see what their children were seeing that night and called for Sister Vitaline, the local school teacher.

She, like the boys’ parents, could also not see the apparition, and called for two girls, Françoise Richer and Jeanne-Marie Lebosse, aged nine and eleven, respectively. Sister Vitaline suggested that perhaps Our Lady was visible only to the children. Without any prior knowledge of the apparition, the girls looked into the night sky and began describing the vision in exactly the same detail as the Barbedette boys did.

A crowd gathered to pray as word quickly spread among the anxious villagers. Children saw the beautiful Lady, and gleefully pointed up to her. Adults, however, only saw three stars forming a triangle. As they prayed the Rosary, the children saw the garment’s stars multiply until it was almost entirely gold. Next, the children saw a banner unfurl beneath the Lady. Slowly, a message appeared: But pray, my children.

God will hear you in time. My Son allows Himself to be touched. Upon hearing the message read aloud, the crowd spontaneously began the hymn “Mother of Hope”. As they sang, the Lady laughed and joined in the singing. The children squealed with delight as her hands kept time with the music. When the crowd began “My Sweet Jesus,” her expression changed to profound sadness and a red crucifix appeared in her hands, with the words “Jesus Christ” above it.

Her eyes mournfully contemplated the crucifix during the hymn. As the people sang “Ave Maris Stella”, the crucifix vanished and her smile returned, though with a touch of melancholy. Two small white crosses then appeared on her shoulders before the Lady disappeared behind a cloud. As the night’s prayers came to a close, the apparition ended. It was about nine o’clock; the phenomenon had lasted about three hours.

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Description of the Lady

Years later, Joseph Barbadette, who later became a priest of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, recounted:

She was young and tall of stature, clad in a garment of deep blue, her dress was covered with brilliant gold stars. The sleeves were ample and long. She wore slippers of the same blue as the dress, ornamented with gold bows. On the head was a black veil half covering the forehead, concealing the hair and ears, and falling over the shoulders.

Above this was a crown resembling a diadem, higher in front than elsewhere, and widening out at the sides. A red line encircled the crown at the middle. Her hands were small and extended toward us as in the ‘Miraculous Medal.’ Her face had the most exquisite delicacy and a smile of ineffable sweetness. The eyes, of unutterable tenderness, were fixed on us. Like a true mother, she seemed happier in looking at us than we in contemplating.

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After the Apparition

That same evening, Prussian forces inexplicably abandoned their advance. General von Schmidt of the Prussian Army, who was about to move on the city of Laval towards Pontmain, received orders from his commander not to take the city. On the evening of 17 January 1871, the Commander of the Prussian forces, having taken up his quarters at the archiepiscopal palace of Le Mans, told Msgr. Fillion, Bishop of that diocese: “By this time my troops are at Laval”.

On the same evening, the Prussian troops in sight of Laval stopped at half-past five o’clock, about the time when the apparition first appeared above Pontmain, a few miles off. General Schmidt is reported to have said on the morning of the 18th: “We cannot go farther. Yonder, in the direction of Brittany, there is an invisible ‘Madonna’ barring the way.”

The sudden stopping of the Prussian forces in sight of Laval, and their retirement the following morning, meant, together with the saving of Brittany, the turning back of the tide of conquering soldiery from that part of France. The war was practically at an end. On 23 January 1871, the long-hoped for armistice was signed. Soon, all thirty-eight conscripted men and boys returned home unscathed.

Authorization of Our Lady of Hope

After that the devotion to the Blessed Virgin under the title of that of Notre Dame d’Esperance de Pontmain, “Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain”, was authorized by ecclesiastical authorities, and the confraternity of that name has been extended all over the world.

After the apparition of “Our Lady of Hope” on 17 January 1871, pilgrims made up of both the clergy and the laity came to Pontmain. At the same time, inquiries and investigations were made about the apparition; the visionary children were submitted to various intense interrogations. Finally, on the Feast of the Purification, 2 February 1872, Msgr. Wicart, Bishop of Laval, issued a pastoral letter giving canonical judgment on the apparition. Thus, the veneration of Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain was given official Church recognition and approval.

Joseph Barbadette became a priest of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate; his brother Eugène became a secular priest. His housekeeper was one of the girls who had seen the apparition with him, and the other, Jeanne-Marie Lebossé, became a nun.

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In May 1872, Bishop Wicart authorized the construction of a shrine, which was consecrated in October 1900. In 1905, Pope Saint Pius X elevated the Sanctuary to the status of a minor basilica.

Pope Pius XI gave a final decision regarding the Mass and Office in honor of Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain. A final papal honour was given to Our Lady of Hope on 16 July 1932 by Cardinal Pacelli, who later became Pope Pius XII, by passing a decree from the Chapter of St. Peter’s Basilica that the statue of the Blessed Lady, Mother of Hope, be solemnly honoured with the crown of gold.

The Lady then was crowned in the presence of bishops, priests, and the laity by Cardinal Verdier, Archbishop of Paris on 24 July 1934. During the Second World War, Our Lady of Pontmain was prayed to in the hope that she would bring peace in France.

At Pontmain, it was a matter of a message of prayer, very simple in the dramatic circumstances of war and invasion. At Pontmain, Mary is a sign of hope in the midst of war. A place of pilgrimage, it attracts annually around 200,000 drawn from among the people of the region, with some international pilgrimages, especially from Germany.

Notre-Dame-de-Pontmain, Quebec is a municipality in Canada that was named after the apparition. Our Lady of Hope is a parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Sainte Marie in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. There is a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Funds for this chapel were donated by Bob Hope and his wife Dolores.

Feast Day - 17 th January

Annual Feast Day of Our Lady of Pontmain held on 17 th January.

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Church Visiting Time

  • Every Days : 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Contact Info

Tel : +02 43 05 07 26

How to reach the Basilica

Châteaubriant – Pouancé Airport at Ombrée d’Anjou, France is the nearby airport to the Basilica.

Gare Pontorson – Mont-Saint-Michel Train station in Pontorson, France is the nearby Train Station to the Basilica.

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