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Our Lady of Ukraine, Hrushiv, Ukraine, 1914 and 1987

Our Lady of Ukraine

The first incident actually occurred two weeks before World War I, on May 12, 1914, in the village of Hrushiv.  Twenty-two people, who were mowing fields near the local church of the Holy Trinity, all witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary.  She said to them,

“There will be a war.  Russia will become a godless country.  Ukraine, as a nation, will suffer terribly for eighty years – and will have to live through the world wars, but it will be free afterwards.”

The church and site of many apparitions to thousands in Hrushiv
The church and site of many apparitions to thousands in Hrushiv

People gathered from the entire area to see the apparition – which lasted into the next day.

The people of Hrushiv had planted a weeping willow tree at the site many years ago, commemorating an appearance of the Blessed Mother some 350 years earlier.  Later, a spring suddenly appeared beneath the tree.  During the severe cholera epidemic of 1855, a local person dreamed that the Virgin had instructed the residents to clear and reclaim the ancient spring and hold Mass.  Not one cholera death was reported afterwards.

Then, on April 26, 1987, seventy-three years later after 1914 and exactly one year after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, a bright light covered this church of the Holy Trinity and the surrounding area.  A television program even recorded part of this light phenomenon.  From within this “impressive silver dazzle” over the church, the Virgin Mary appeared and floated above the cupola of the church.

Visionary Marina Kizyn in the Ukraine
Visionary Marina Kizyn in Ukraine

She first appeared to Marina Kizyn, age 12, who immediately called her mother and a few neighbors – who then came, and all saw her there, too.  Soon, hundreds and then thousands came from all over Russia to see the apparitions which continued every day until August 15, 1987.  It is estimated that a total of 500,000 people had seen her by the time these apparitions ended.  On most days the crowd might reach as many as 45,000 to 70,000 people at one time.  Neither the Soviet militia nor the KGB could begin to manage the crowds.  The Virgin Mary was even seen by the KGB agents!  Many priests (from underground Catholic churches) came and provided as many as ten Holy masses per day in front of the church.  Many messages were documented:

“I have come on purpose to thank the Ukrainian people because you have suffered most for the church of Christ in the last 70 years.  I have come to comfort you and to tell you that your suffering will soon come to an end.  Ukraine will become an independent state.”

Our Lady of the Ukraine
Our Lady of Ukraine

“Do not forget those who have died in the Chernobyl disaster.  Chernobyl is a reminder and a sign for the whole world.”

“Forgive your enemies.  Through you and the blood of martyrs will come the conversion of Russia.  Repent and love one another.  The times are coming which have been foretold as being those in the end times.  See the desolation which surrounds the world … the sin, the sloth, the genocide.  Pray for Russia.  Oppression and wars continue to occupy the minds and hearts of many people.  Russia, despite everything, continues to deny my Son.  Russia rejects real life and continues to live in darkness.  If there is not a return to Christianity in Russia, there will be a Third World War; the whole world will face ruin.”

“Teach the children to pray.  Teach them to live in truth and live yourselves in truth.  Say the Rosary.  It is the weapon against Satan.  He fears the Rosary.  Recite the Rosary at any gathering of people.”

Veneration of Our Lady of the Ukraine
Veneration of Our Lady of Ukraine

“I have come to comfort you and to tell you that your suffering will end soon.  I shall protect you for the glory and the future of God’s kingdom on earth, which will last for a thousand years.  The Kingdom of Heaven and Earth is close at hand.  It will come only through penance and the repentance of sins.”

“This wicked world is feasting on depravity and impurity.  Many lies are proclaimed against the Truth.  The innocent are condemned.  Many come as false messiahs and false prophets.  Be diligent.  Be on your guard.”

“Happy are they whose lives are blameless and who walk in fear of the Lord.”

Pope John Paul II honors Our Lady of the Ukraine
Pope John Paul II honors Our Lady of Ukraine

“My children, all of you are dear to me and please my heart.  I make no distinction of race or religion.  You here in Ukraine have received knowledge of the One, True, Apostolic Church.  You have been shown the door to Heaven.  You must follow this path, even though it may be painful.”

“The Eternal God is calling you.  This is why I have been sent to you.  You in Ukraine were the first nation to be entrusted to me.  (The ruler Yaroslav the Wise dedicated Ukraine to the Most Holy Mother of God in the year 1037.) Throughout your long persecution you have not lost faith, hope, or love.  I always pray for you, my dear children, wherever you are.”

Location of Hrushiv in the Ukraine.
Location of Hrushiv in the Ukraine.

Although Our Lady predicted that Ukraine would “suffer terribly for eighty years” before gaining independence, she was extremely close in her prediction!  Ukraine had its declaration of independence ratified in Kiev on August 24, 1991 – some 77 years after Blessed Mary’s prediction in 1914!


Our Lady of La Salette, France, 1846

“Our Lady of La Salette”

Maximin Giraud (11) and Melanie Mathieu (14), young cow herders, were headed for high pastures in the Alps on Saturday, September 19, 1846.  They came from non-practicing Catholic families, disregarded church bells, and were not serious about their religion.  Suddenly, around 3:00 p.m., they became stunned and mesmerized by a large, glowing circle of light —“like the sun” — shimmering like a diamond.  Then it began to open, revealing a weeping woman inside, bent forward with her face buried in her hands, and her elbows resting on her knees, sitting on a large rock.  The glowing globe faded away and the woman stood up, revealing her exquisite beauty in a long white dress that seemed to glitter with small pearls of light.  She wore a translucent white headdress with a tall crown underneath.  Across her shoulders was a shawl trimmed with roses.  A large yellow apron was tied around her waist.  A cross hung on a chain around her neck.  The following details were extracted from the exact text written in 1878 by Melanie:

The visionaries: Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat
The visionaries: Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat

“The sight of the Holy Virgin was itself a perfect paradise.  She was all beauty and love. The sight of her overwhelmed me.  Everything radiated the majesty, the splendor, the magnificence of a Queen beyond compare.  The word LOVE seemed to slip from her pure and silvery lips.  She appeared to me like a good Mother, full of kindness, amiability, of love for us, of compassion and mercy.  She had a beautiful crucifix hanging from her neck (the brightness in which she was enveloped seemed to come from the crucifix).  At times the Christ on her cross appeared to be dead.  At other times, He appeared to be alive – His head erect, His eyes open … He appeared to speak … showing that He was on the Cross for our sake.”

“The Holy Virgin was crying nearly the whole time she was speaking to me.  Her tears flowed gently, one by one, down to her knees.  Then – like sparks of light – they disappeared.  They were glittering and full of love. … The eyes of our Mother cannot be described in human language. … They appeared thousands of times more beautiful than the rarest diamonds and precious stones.  In her eyes, you could see paradise.  They drew you to her.”

A weeping Virgin Mary draws their attention high in the Alps.
A weeping Virgin Mary draws their attention high in the Alps.

Then the Blessed Virgin spoke these words:

“Come to me, my children.  Do not be afraid.  I am here to tell you something of the greatest importance.”  As they approached, the globe of shimmering light enveloped all of them.  “If my people will not obey, I shall be compelled to loose my Son’s arm.  It is so heavy, so pressing, that I can no longer restrain it.  How long have I suffered for you!  God is being dishonored with swearing.  The price for such abuse would be costly.  If the harvest is spoiled, it is your fault.  A great famine is coming.  Many young children will die from a serious disease.”

“Woe to the inhabitants of the earth!  God will exhaust His wrath upon them.  The leaders of the people of God have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has bedimmed their intelligence.  They have become wandering stars which the serpent will drag along with his tail to make them perish. … There will be bloody wars and famines, plagues and infectious diseases.  There will be thunderstorms which will shake cities, earthquakes which will swallow countries.  Voices will be heard in the air.  The fire of heaven will fall and consume three cities.”

“In the year 1864, Lucifer, together with a large number of demons, will be unloosed from hell.  They will put an end to faith, little by little, even in those dedicated to God.
Several religious institutions will lose all faith and will lose many souls.  Evil books will be abundant on earth, and the spirit of darkness will spread everywhere a universal slackening in all that concerns the service of God.”

“The true faith of the Lord having been forgotten, they will abolish civil rights as well as ecclesiastical.  All order and all justice will be trampled underfoot, and only homicides, hate, jealousy, lies, and dissension would be seen without love for country and family.  All the civil governments will have one and the same plan – which will be to abolish and do away with every religious principle, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritualism, and vice of all kinds.”

“The earth will be struck with calamities of all kinds.  There will be a series of wars until the last war, which will then be fought by the ten kings of the anti-Christ, all of whom will have one and the same plan.  Before this comes to pass, there will be a time of false peace in the world.  People will think of nothing but amusement.  The wicked will give themselves to all kinds of sins.  And so, my children, make this known to all my people.”

Coming from a ball of light, the Virgin greets the startled children.
Coming from a ball of light, the Virgin greets the startled children.

Then she turned and spoke to each child individually without the other being able to hear her.  When asked if they prayed, they admitted “hardly ever.”  She encouraged them to do so every night and morning with at least an Our Father or Hail Mary during the day if rushed.  She impressed Maximin with recounting an incident with him and his father, word for word, when he thought they had been alone.  Then she turned and left, gliding over the ground and rising into the air in the globe of light again.

The Blessed Mother is dressed in their native clothing.
The Blessed Mother is dressed in their native clothing.

Upon returning to their families, their story seemed fantastic, yet, their details matched perfectly, and their manner was so sincere.  Despite pressures, bribes, and threats from townspeople, they stuck to their story.  About a week later, a spring gushed forth out beside the rock upon which the Virgin had sat.  This place had only collected water previously whenever snows melted or after heavy rains.  But now, the spring flowed steadily, incessantly, and fully — even in dry weather conditions.  And it has never stopped since that time.  Numerous miraculous cures have been attributed to the water.

The Virgin tells of many future events for mankind.
The Virgin tells of many future events for mankind.

On the anniversary of the sighting, 50-60,000 people gathered and held Mass at the site.  Twenty-three people reported miraculous cures.  The Vatican approved this apparition in 1851.  A Basilica was eventually built on the original site, high in the Alps, in 1879 where their visitation took place.

A basilica is built on the apparition site high in the French Alps.
A basilica is built on the apparition site high in the French Alps.

Mary had correctly prophesized the great famine in Europe and the decline of religion and morals in the world.  She also accurately predicted the American Civil War and the “great war” (World War I) that would follow.