On the evening of August 21, 1879 two women from the village of Knock were walking back to their home in the rain when they passed by the back of the village church. It was then that they saw the apparition. It was into this time of sorrow and distress that our Lady came, but not alone. It is recorded that Mary said nothing at all during these apparitions. She came to be with the people in their hour of need. In the midst of Ireland's agony, the Mother of the Lord came to her people to be with them, to be present to them, to share their fate in silence.