WHY IS GARABANDAL SACRED GROUND ? We all know about the special area of Garabandal called "The Pines". The 9 Pine trees where the Blessed Mother appeared, and foretold of the great Miracle that will take place there. Mary said "It will be the greatest miracle that my Son, Jesus, will have ever performed for mankind. The Virgin Mary referred to “the Pines“ : "God loves this place very much. This place is sacred." In 1925, Serafín González, ( Conchita's Grandfather on her father's side,) was mayor of the San Sebastian de Garabandal, decided along with the Parish Priest, Don Ángel Cosío Vélez, that a plantation of pines trees should be carried out to commemorate the First Communion of the children of the place; the Priest blessed the New plantation, located on the village hill.