Hello, I am a 24 year old student from Slovakia and this will be my first post here. I was led to this forum sometime last winter and since then it gave me a lot of new knowledge about our catholic faith. I am really grateful for the members of this forum and I keep you all in my prayers, especially in these hard times. Last month I discovered a website about Marian apparitions which took place in our country (Slovakia). What surprised me was the discovery that there are ongoing apparitions of Virgin Mary taking place in a village less than 100 kilometers from my home! Since 1994, the Virgin Mary is showing up to a young boy Martin Gavenda and later started to show to 6 other children too. These apparitions are under investigation of local archdiocese since 1998. They have not been approved nor condemned because of the secrets that the visionaries should announce in the future (like Garabandal or Medjugorje). I thought I would share some notable messages and a bit of information about these apparitions. All for your own discernment. Text from the slovak website is translated through google translator, so hopefully it will be enough haha.. There is a lot of other interesting information which I will try to add later. I will also try to get to Dechtice this Sunday as there is an annual anniversary pilgrimage on august 15th. Hopefully I will be able to get there and share my experience. How did the apparitions of the Queen of Help begin? Martin says: "It was Sunday, December 4, 1994. I, Adrian, Michael and Simon went from the morning of St. mass home. Along the way, we talked and debated when and how we would go on a pilgrimage to Dobra Voda. As we parted, we found that neither of us wanted to go because it was cold and freezing. Suddenly Michael shouted in fright, "Look at the sun!" Then we saw the sun twirling, changing colors, and then approaching and receding. When this phenomenon ended, we saw ourselves and the surroundings immersed in dark colors. We were frightened and understood it as a sign that despite the cold weather we should go to pray. Simon's mother didn't let go because she was just sick. As we walked the way to the cross, we prayed the Holy Rosary. Then we saw the solar phenomenon again. Prayers to worship and reverence for the Holy Cross were held at the cross. After these prayers, we prayed to St. rosary. Suddenly I felt a gentle gust of breeze. A large room penetrated me. I noticed a white light and the figure of a pretty lady in it. I was scared and closed my eyes. I was very afraid. Then I heard, 'My dear children, thank you for coming here and praying with me here.' The Virgin Mary addressed me: Martin, do not be afraid to accept my words, I want to use you for God and my plans. It radiated great love, great peace, and my heart was radiant with great joy. When this meeting ended, I found that I didn't notice what was going on around me - as if time had stopped. As we returned home, I experienced great joy in my heart and needed to share that joy with someone. That's why I told Adrian and Michael. I asked them not to tell anyone. For them, it was also an encouragement and a pleasure, but they shared it with their families. This event spread rapidly in the village. I call this day the day of intercession. The next day, December 5, in the evening, my family and I prayed the prayer of St. rosary, during which the Virgin Mary came and blessed our family. At that time, we had a statue of the Virgin Mary at home, traveling around families and praying. This day was the first day that the Virgin Mary appeared in our parish. " In the following days, the Virgin Mary came through the prayer of the Holy Rosary, and Martin could already see it more clearly. "The meeting with the Virgin Mary was wonderful, the feeling was wonderful." with water. If it is an evil spirit, it will certainly disappear - he will not tolerate holy water. According to that, he will know whether it is the Virgin Mary or not. Martin prepared a mug of holy water for the next meeting. When the Virgin Mary appeared, he dipped his fingers in the holy water and sprinkled the apparition. The Virgin Mary smiled fondly. Martin thought, "Shall I sprinkle her one more time? Will it be enough? Maybe the drops didn't hit her, and that's just Satan making fun of me. ”Then he took a little more water and sprinkled it again. She had wet spots on her dress. She smiled kindly again. "To be absolutely sure, I took even more holy water, and I took a lot," says Martin, "and I splashed her so that her clothes stayed wet. The Virgin Mary smiled at me once more, a great bright light came out of her, and I felt joy and peace. Then we prayed and talked together. I was very happy that it was the Mother of God, that it was not Satan, "adds Martin. The apparitions continued every Thursday at the church. However, they were not regular, so Martin did not know when the Virgin Mary would come. On Thursday, he received messages that the Virgin Mary wanted to spread to the whole world and she wanted them to start living in the parish according to the messages, because she wants to lead this parish in a special way. She appeared on Dobra Voda several more times. Then the apparitions ended there and continued in Dechtice. The Virgin Mary requested a pilgrimage to the cross on August 15, 1995. On this day, she introduced herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary - THE QUEEN OF HELP. She wished August 15 to be celebrated as the anniversary of the apparitions. After the August pilgrimage, the Virgin Mary began to appear regularly - every day. On Thursdays in the church, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at home with the visionaries, always at 8.40 pm. summer time and 7.40 pm winter time. On weekends, the Virgin Mary comes to the cross and to the hill of Pentecost. the Queen of Help gradually chose other visionaries. There are seven of them together. They are: Martin Gavenda (born February 10, 1979), whose revelations began on December 4, 1994 Mária Gavendová (born 21 December 1980), who has been hearing the voice of the Virgin Mary since 19 September 1995 Lucia Vadíková (born July 26, 1981), who heard the voice of the Virgin Mary from December 28, 1995 Martina Kalašová (born 9 May 1984), who saw and heard the Virgin Mary for the first time and heard on 2 May 1996 Adriana Kúdelová (born 8 January 1981), who has been hearing the voice of the Virgin Mary since 21 May 1996 Simona Árendásová rod. Kumpanová (born 6 January 1982), who has been hearing the voice of the Virgin Mary since 21 May 1996 Jozef Danko (born 27 May 1985), who has been hearing the voice of the Virgin Mary since 22 May 1996 The Virgin Mary sent the children to the bishop's father. They were accepted by Mons. Dominik Tóth, the holy bishop of the Bratislava-Trnava archdiocese, who listened to them and gave them a blessing. The local priest is also informed about the apparitions.