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Pilgrims prepare for return of first full Knock Novena following pandemic

Pilgrims are preparing to return to the Knock shrine for the National Novena, which begins nest week.
Staff Reporter

THE Knock National Novena is returning to its traditional format when it begins next week following two years of disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 8,000 people from across Ireland and further afield are expected to visit the shrine in Co Mayo each day from Sunday until Monday August 22.

Ceremonies will be held at Knock Basilica, including two daily masses and events featuring guest speakers. The traditional candlelit procession will also be held for the first time in three years, taking place following evening masses at 8pm.

Knock parish priest Fr Richard Gibbons said he hoped this year would be "extra special" for pilgrims following the cancellations in 2020 and 2021.

"So many of the people who joined us online over the course of the pandemic are now coming back to visit the shrine which is great to see. The novena is always a very special highlight of the year, and we are delighted to be able to proceed with it this year," he said.

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