Image of Madonna and Child at
Shrine of Our Lady of Yankalilla
6, 2004 - [See here] story titled
'Yankalilla shrine crucifix came in most unusual way involving
a dream, a co-incidence of timing and a prophecy.'
photograph of the Apparition, has been digitally enhanced.
a sleepy little country town nestling in a picturesque valley
about one and half hours drive south of Adelaide in South Australia.
In August 1994 parishioner Susan Fehlburg first noticed the image
of Madonna and child on the wall of the Anglican Christ Church.
The image appears in what look like a patch of unevenness in
the plasterwork above and to the right of the altar. In July
1996 Fr Andrew reported it in a local church paper. Since then
the news of the apparition has travelled around the world.
is almost impossible to get a good photograph of the Apparition, and although
artists have tried, none have yet been able to capture the peace and heavenly
beauty of Our Lady of Yankalilla. It is best to begin by describing the Apparition
Lady can clearly be seen. The features of her face
her eyes, her nose and
mouth are uncannily clear. She is in a slight profile with her gaze downwards
towards the tabernacle to the right. How appropriate that Our Lady is near
her son in the sacramental Body and Blood of Jesus. Her gaze is towards it and
she is directing our attention to her son, Jesus. Do whatever he tells you.
Here in Yankalilla,
Our Lady, the Queen Mother, is seated to the right of the Royal Throne and intercedes
for us to her Son as Advocate.
Apparition is a living creed. Christ is born. Christ has died. Christ is
risen. You see in Our Ladys arms the new born baby
born. But then in recent years, a pieta has appeared
holding the crucified saviour in her arms
Christ has died. Finally, Our
Lady is gazing at the Resurrected body of Jesus in the tabernacle
At the bottom of the Apparition is a convincing image of a rose, a symbol of Mary.
Mary is truly present here. In this holy place there is frequently an overwhelming
floral odor. It is inexplicable and can only be attributed to the presence of
the Blessed Mother.
the Apparition is perceived to be evolving, constantly changing. In 1999, Shrine
pilgrims began to notice an image of a mans face taking form just behind
Our Lady, seemingly looking over her shoulder. The man is beaded, very masculine
in appearance, with long dark hair. We believe this is St Joseph, present with
Jesus and Mary completing the Holy Family.
Meaning Of Yankalilla is a place which Our Lady has chosen through
which Australians can seek reconciliation
with God, in our own country.
is unique. But to fully understand the meaning of the Marian Age through which
we are passing, it is necessary to place Yankalilla in the context of other Marian
Shrines around the world. Our Lady is the Ambassador of Heaven and she is appearing at an unprecedented
number of places throughout the world. Mary is the New Eve. As Eve was the companion
to Adam, so Mary is the companion to Christ through time and eternity. All
generations shall call me blessed.
Blessed Mothers mission is to call people back to her son, Jesus, and to
this end she is a John the Baptist figure for this present generation. Mankind
is teetering on a precipice and it is Mary who has come at this last moment to
call us back to God.
Yankalilla has become a place of deep mysticism and high spirituality,
a worldwide pilgrimage site, a place of legends, of tears and joy, of reconciliation
and hope for the coming Springtime of the Church.