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Found this interesting timeline about an apparition in China.  I guess it's timely, considering the Chinese visit to the Whitehouse. 

http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_appa...index.html

Sad that they tore down the building in the end.  I got a lib friend who thinks that China is just the greatest.  If I were to show him this, he'd either deny the stuff that goes on in China, or change the topic.

Dong Lu, China (1900,1995)
Our Lady of China

Summary

The Virgin Mary appeared as a beautiful lady in the skies when Catholics implored Her to save them from their enemies and their city from destruction during the Boxer Rebellion. In thanksgiving for Our Lady’s protection over the city of Donglu, a beautiful church was built in her honour. It was meant to serve as a constant reminder to the people of Mary’s loving and motherly protection.



Timeline

1900
When the Boxer Rebellion broke out, nearly 10,000 hostile soldiers attacked the small impoverished village of Dong Lu, home of approximately 1,000 Christians. The Virgin Mary appeared as a beautiful lady in the sky surrounded by light. A fiery horsemen - perhaps St. Michael - chased the attackers out of the village.

1900
In thanksgiving for Our Lady’s protection, a beautiful church was built in her honour. It was meant to serve as a constant reminder to the people of Mary’s loving and motherly protection.



1900
The pastor, at the time, secured a painting of the Dowager Empress Ci Xi dressed in imperial robes.He commissioned an artist to use it as the background for the image of Our Lady holding the Christ Child. The picture was hung in the Church of Dong Lu, which eventually became a famous place of pilgrimage starting in 1924.

1924
The Bishops Synod of China chose this image to be denoted as "Our Lady of China" or "Our Lady Queen of China". People began coming to the shrine.

1929
First official pilgrimage to Dong Lu.

1932
Pope Pius XI approved it as an official Marian Shrine.

1941
Pope Pius XII designated the feast day as an official feast of the Catholic liturgical calendar.

1941
Shrine is destroyed during the Second World War when it caught fire due to Japanese artillery bombardment

1973
Following the Second Vatican Council, the Chinese Bishops conference, upon approval from the Holy See, placed the feast day on the vigil (day preceding) of Mothers Day (the second Sunday of May).

1992
Shrine rebuilt as the largest church building in north China.

May 23, 1995
Over 30,000 Catholics from the unofficial Church had gathered for Mass at the Donglu shrine on the vigil of the Feast of Our Lady, Mary Help of Christians. There were four bishops of the unofficial Church concelebrating the Mass and nearly 100 unofficial priests standing in the open field. Suddenly, during the opening prayer and again during the consecration, the people observed the sun spinning from right to left. Light rays of various shades emanated from the sky. Participants saw Our Lady fo China and the Child Jesus in the sky and also the Holy Family, the Heavenly Father, and the Holy Spirit. The phenomenon lasted approximately twenty minutes.

May 24, 1995
The Public Security barred all pilgrims from joining anyone on the hill. The police forced people back into buses and trains without offering any explanation. Still, as many as 100,000 successfully reached the area by finding alternative ways to get there to celebrate the Feast of Mary Help of Christians.

1996
An official government announcement forbade anyone from going to the Dong lu shrine which was then demolished.


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Our Lady of China (Dong Lu, China 1900)

Our Lady of China (Dong Lu, China 1900)

Our Lady of China (Dong Lu, China 1900) 

Description of the Virgin

The Virgin Mary appeared as a beautiful lady in the sky surrounded by light.


Messages

There were no messages given at Dong Lu.


Miracles, Cures, and Signs

When the Boxer Rebellion broke out, nearly 10,000 hostile soldiers attacked the small impoverished village of Dong Lu, home of approximately 1,000 Christians. The Virgin Mary appeared as a beautiful lady in the sky surrounded by light. A fiery horsemen - perhaps St. Michael - chased the attackers out of the village.


Church Approval

The Church has not issued an official judgment of the apparition at Dong Lu. Pope Pius XI's establishment of the church as an official Marian Shrine constitutes implicit approval.


Prayers to Our Lady of China

Hail, Holy Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
Mother of all nations and all people.
You are the special heavenly Mother of the Chinese people.

Teach us your way of total obedience to God's will.
Help us to live our lives true to our faith.
Fill our hearts with burning love for God and each other.
Stir up in our youth an unconditional giving of self to the service of God.

We call on your powerful intercession for peace, reconciliation and unity among believers
and the conversion of the unbelievers in China and throughout the world,
for God's mercy is our only hope.

Our Lady of China, Mother of Jesus, hear our petitions and pray for us.
Amen.

Imprimatur: Bishop William E. Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport Connecticut


Almighty and eternal God, Comforter of the afflicted, and Strength of the Suffering, grant that our brothers of China who share our faith, may obtain, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and our Holy Martyrs, peace in Thy service, strength in time of trial, and grace to glorify Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Promoted by Cardinal Thomas Tien Keng-Hsin, S.V.D., the first Chinese Cardinal


Books and Videos

God-Sent: A History of the Accredited Apparitions of Mary
by Roy Abraham Varghese


Since I started learning Chinese, I have studied this apparition.

One of the (surprising) issues against it is the near refusal of modern people to use the only approved image for this devotion.

[Image: Official_authentic_portrait_Lady_of_China.jpg]