Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the commencement of the apparitions at Garabandal by the appearance of the Archangel Saint Michael to the four seers on this date in 1961. Saint Michael came to announce the appearance of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary which was to follow on July 2.
We would like to honor this day by spreading devotion to Saint Michael as Our Lady recommended throughout the course of the apparitions. Our treatment of the devotion which we sent via email on September 29 of last year is entitled The Angel of Garabandal and is located on the Joey’s Message page of www.garabandal.us.
The response to the article drew over one thousand requests for Saint Michael Chaplets from around the world. We have but a few cord chaplets left but would like to offer them at this time gratis to email subscribers who wish to increase their devotion to Saint Michael. Please send an email with CHAPLET in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org with your complete mailing address. This offer remains open as long as our supply lasts.
These are times of crisis and with so much violence and catastrophe around us we do well to heed Our Lady’s request to increase our devotion to the Prince of the Holy Angels and secure for ourselves and our families the assistance and protection of all the angels that we may be delivered from the evil of this age.
With her permission, we reprint a brief note from Conchita to the present pastor of the village of Garabandal, Padre Rolando, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary.
May 17, 2011
Dear Father Rolando,
I join with you in the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the events of Garabandal. It is for me fifty years of contemplating the most beautiful thing in the world. I give thanks to God for having been a part of those experiences, impossible to describe adequately, but which have pressed upon my soul the secure assurance of faith and hope.
I thank you, Father Rolando, for granting me the opportunity to recite the Message of Our Mother in the village once more.
[October 18, 1961-We must make many sacrifices, perform much penance, and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, we must lead good lives. If we do not, a chastisement will befall us. The cup is already filling up, and if we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us.]
The Angel said:
As my message of October 18 has not been complied with and has not been made known to the world, I am advising you that this is the last one. Before, the cup was filling up. Now it is flowing over. Many cardinals, many bishops and many priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist. You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts. If you ask His forgiveness with sincere hearts, He will pardon you. I, your mother, through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives. You are now receiving the last warnings. I love you very much and do not want your condemnation. Pray to us with sincerity and we will grant your requests. You should make more sacrifices. Think about the passion of Jesus.
Father Rolando, there is nothing of greater importance that I can speak about than this Message of Our Mother.
In Union of Prayer,
In the days to come, we want to share with you our reflections on the meaning of this anniversary via email and on www.garabandal.us. We are pleased to report, fifty years after the events began, that the promotion of the Message continues to advance in 165 countries at a steady pace. We thank all those who take Our Lady’s Message forward into new places and we remain united in prayer with all those who undertake the promotion.
To commemorate these days in grand style we would like to make available gratis to our email subscribers and their families our final reserve of medals containing a piece of missal kissed by Our Lady at Garabandal. Please send an email with MEDAL in the subject line to email@example.com with your complete mailing address. The offer remains open until June 18, 2012 or until our reserve is exhausted.
We will be back with you again in a few days.
The Workers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel de Garabandal
Lindenhurst, NY USA