A Grace-Filled Place for Pilgrimages and Prayer
Learn more about the Apparition Chapel at Paris, an inspiring pilgrimage destination and the location of the apparition of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal to St. Catherine Labouré.
We also invite you to explore the online resources at the website of The Apparition Chapel at Paris, which can be viewed in English, Español, Francias, Italiano, or Portugués.
Apparition Chapel Synopsis
“Is this indeed the Chapel of the rue du Bac?” It’s hard to guess that the very unremarkable entrance of 140 rue du Bac and its narrow passageway lead to a sanctuary welcoming two million pilgrims each year. “Come to the foot of this altar,” “pray,” “entreat,” “wear the Medal” … these words spoken by Mary at the time of her three apparitions to Catherine are addressed to all the people of God. At the rue du Bac, Mary, full of grace, welcomes everyone with arms outstretched, radiating the wisdom of God’s love. This light, shed abundantly, illuminates each one and bestows the grace to enter, with Mary and Catherine, into the joy of experiencing God. In this Chapel, millions of pilgrims are united heart-to-heart in prayer. Mary leads them into a true colloquy.
Like Catherine, each one can lay down at the foot of the altar burdens often too heavy to bear: loneliness, sufferings, accumulated problems. Near their Mother, seated, kneeling, arms crossed, alone or in a group, all express their anxieties and problems. They are certain that Mary takes an interest in their lives just as she had been concerned about the life and crosses of Catherine. Mary, Mother of Mankind, abandons no one, and she sets up in each overtures to the neighbor as different as each might be by age, health, social condition, language, and race. Here, some find again the pathway composed of prayer, the Holy Eucharist, reconciliation, and brotherhood by discovering the gentleness, tenderness, and patience of God, and His maternal affection. The Chapel of the rue du Bac has become, little by little, a place of prayer, pilgrimage, and a pastoral center which is concerned with placing the specific message of Mary within Biblical and Ecclesial Tradition.
Translated from French by Rev. John W. Carven, CM