Weeping Mystical Rose Statue in Connecticut
Above is a photo of Neil Harrington Jr's weeping Mystical Rose Statue.
He began having apparitions of the Virgin Mary during the rosary at the weekly prayer cenacle at his parents' house. The apparitions continued weekly from 1992 - 1995. He continued receiving verbal messages through 1997. A team is now working to transcribe and compile all the messages received by Harrington. (Above is the room where he saw apparitions and where statues have wept.The statue above has wept many times.)
A Catholic church commission was formed to investigate the authenticity of the apparitions. It is apparently bogged down as several members have left on academic assignments. We visited in August of 1999. There were about 100 people in attendance on the evening of August 10, including a Catholic priest and several nuns.
Just before the centacle, we asked to see the actual statue that had wept. Father John the priest took us up to the bedroom, the Apparition Room. He explained where the visions occurred (near a window) and the statue that wept was in the corner, the centerpiece of an altar with kneeling pads.
Father John said he has no doubt in the authenticity of the visions. He said Neal will be the first to tell you he lived a hard life. (Harrington has the eyes and countenance that reflect extremely hard living.) On one occasion, he was praying with Harrington, and asked a question of the Virgin, silently. After they finished, Harrington came over and told him the answer to the question, a "message from the Virgin." Another time, Father John felt the Virgin spoke to him, and later Harrington told him at that time of the prayer the Virgin was looking at John.
John said they sent away the media after a flurry of interest, including television coverage. At the height of the visions, they had crowds of up to 800. Opening statement asked for special intervention against the sin of abortion. Gave special thanks to a guardian angel of the United States.Noted todays saint was St. Lawrence. When Neal described his martyrdom, there were audible sighs and sympathetic moans. The Way of Light. Many images of light, several references to "intimate penetration" by the light of Jesus, in these hours of the second advent. The rest of the service is conventional Catholic prayers rosary eucharist, etc. The Harrington family has formed a non-profit corporation to manage the site and donations.
Transcript - Interview with Neil Harrington
Well its a long story. Back in September of 1990, we decided to set one day aside a week and pray the rosary. People, mostly family at first, started joining us. We said whoever Our Lady wanted to join us would be there. So at first twenty to forty, and weve had as many as 800 here.
On the third of May in 1994, there was four priests here who brought their own statues of the Mystical Rose and we had our own statue of the lady of the Mystical Rose. (Mystical Rose was an apparition in Italy of 1947.) The tone of that apparition was directed at priests. It was a bit of an admonishment and an appeal to them. But then they opened up to pilgrimages about five years ago. Anyways, that night all the statues began to weep and plus the statue of Our Lady of Grace. The whole place smelled of roses outside and inside and thats what brought people here. Of course then it was on TV and then we had lots of people.
Sometime people will bring a statue to get fixed up or for a priest to bless. Its a long story how it went but it just kept growing and growing. Itll be nine years next month. Priests here from every place in the world just about. Brazil, Australia, Ireland, Africa I dont know how they get word of whats here but they come.
The local bishop of that diocese in Italy condemned it because there was a lot of things in the message that was an admonishment, which whenever that happens its suppressed. Then they lifted the ban, they removed the signs and let people come there. [Consideration of whats happened in Enfield] never got to the Vatican lots of apparitions are approved by the local bishop, like in Japan. One in Venezuela. Theres been lots approved by bishops. Only a few have been approved by the Vatican. Lourdes, Fatima. They never approve while theyre ongoing.
So other things have happened, and of course the important thing is people, beautiful people, coming here to pray. Lot of miracles, lots of physical cures, conversions - weve had many conversions.
The bishop after statues were weeping happens here quite frequently - not on regular basis but after six weeks or so. The local bishop appointed a commission that I went before I didnt mind. It has a monsignor, a canon lawyer, and two priests. You know they always try to get the good guy, bad guy thing - some that arent responsive to it and some that might be. That investigation began two years ago. They did not see weeping - didnt happen when they were here. So they just let it go - they didnt say anything in favor or opposed. They just let it go and Im happy with that. Supposedly said if it were published thered be people in wheelchairs pouring in the streets from Bombay I couldnt handle it. (Interrupted by one of the helpers.) Looks like Im in trouble Ive got to get going.