This is me reading the Prayer of Azariah
Perhaps one of the least known of the Marian Apparitions started in Paisley on 16th July 1980 – 1985, restarting and continuing in 1998 and 2019, to a (then) 13 year old boy called Peter. Just to make a few comments about it:
The first Apparition happened outside one of the main doors of Paisley Abbey, in farmland in Lochwinnoch known as “The Crooks” by three large rocks which sit in a field around 100 metres behind a council housing estate.
The highlights of these apparitions seemed to be:
- About the usage of the Rosary.
- Liturgy of the Hours in particular the Little Office of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which was taught to Peter by the Apparition, he subsequently wrote it down and has copied it.
- A Devotion to The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Our Lady of Paisley.
- A series of alarms or urges which Peter had, when he knew he had to write, or to go to a certain place to meet with the Apparition.
- A theme of usage of the Scottish Gaelic Language in religious texts.
- A general understanding of Spirituality and peace and Love for all people regardless of labels and religious denomination.
The weird thing about this is that the Apparitions started behind Paisley´s Presbyterian Abbey (which once was a Catholic place).
Peter asked this question, “why here?” and was given the answer that “I do not see things or places as you see them, I see Love, not division”
Oh draw near, Great Love Divine, and sooth my waiting mind.
Whiting Bay and Holy Isle, surely all are thine, within my heart appears the long forgotten saints.
Passing holy hours, like a tired monk I wait to find you in the maze of liturgies and pathways.
My naked head does burn, like earthly passions turn, to a higher calling, to vistas set eternal.
With a yearning voice so strong, I turn to what I long, to find my peace in thee.
May the mountains of the isles teach me humility of heart, to see beyond the peaks of shortcomngs to higher views of Love.
The sweeping vistas of Love, higher than the highest peak, swirling winds appear.
The joy of meeting departed ones, to commune again on the shores of thine Isles, I wait, I come.
If anyone is interested in doing the Catholic Liturgy of the hours, the entire English version is here
This 26 page document produced in 1962 looks at Catholicism on the west coast of Scotland and details how the Church in Kilbirnie came to be opened in 1862. It contains a photo of the first priest ( I already posted his death certificate on this blog) as well as the surnames of all of the first Catholic families to worship in the Church which is very good for genealogy researchers. It gives a rare glimpse of Catholic life on the west coast of Scotland and also talks about the opening of the school as well as other Churches in the area.