Our Lady Standing on a Knoll
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This is an account of the vision of the Blessed Mother as appeared to Madeline Chritiana at Glasgow, Montana on August 14, 1974, at 9:30 A.M. (This report has been prepared as factually as possible so as to present to interested persons a clear account of what happened, because not to do so would invite the circulation of rumors, distortion of facts and create confusion.)
Madeline Christiana is a single woman who was born in the town of Glasgow, Montana on December 23, 1911. When she was three years old the Christiana family moved to the farm where she now lives with her sister, Louise. The farm is approximately six miles northeast of Glasgow, near U.S. Highway No. 2. Louise, also a single woman, is the owner and operator of the farm. Louise and Madeline do most of the work on the farm but occasionally a hired man is employed to help with heavy work. They raise a little wheat, some alfalfa, a small flock of chickens and a vegetable garden. On August 4, 1974, at about 9:30 A.M., Madeline was driving back from the vegetable garden where she had been checking the irrigation pump. As she entered the farm yard she looked up into the sky to the north and there she saw the Blessed Mother standing with her hands folded against her breast. Madeline stopped the vehicle she was driving and peered at the vision. Lying on the seat of the vehicle was a Brownie camera purchased by Madeline for one of her sisters in 1958. Madeline, who said she hadn't taken any pictures for over thirty years, wondered if she could operate the camera. There were four exposures remaining on the roll in the camera. As Madeline took the camera and prepared to take a picture she noticed a picture of a world slightly to the left of where the Blessed Mother stood. Madeline tried to take a picture of the Blessed Mother and the world but when she tried to do so the Blessed Mother diapered. Madeline said, " Blessed Mother, do not disappear", and the Blessed Mother reappeared Again Madeline tried to take a picture of the Blessed Mother and the world and again the Blessed Mother disappeared. Again Madeline pleaded with the Blessed Mother to reappear, and she did. Finally Madeline decided to concentrate on taking pictures of the Blessed Mother only, without the worlds, and she obtained four snapshots. Photograph No. 1, considered to be the plainest, shows the Blessed Mother standing against an almost cloudless, blue sky. Photos No.2 and 3 are quite similar to each other. In them, the Blessed Mother has moved slightly to the west or the left of where she appears in the first picture. The sky contains more clouds. Photo No. 4 shows a veritable explosion of the clouds against which the Blessed Mother appears smaller as she began to disappear towards the east. Madeline says that she had two other visions during 1974, one of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a second vision of the Blessed Mother in the sky. On June 13 or 14, 1974, as Madeline walked toward the chicken house to gather effs, she glanced to the sky ad saw what appeared to her to be a vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the clouds about ten miles west of the farm. The second vision of the Blessed Mother appeared to Madeline as she sat in the front seat of her station wagon which was parked to the side of Highway No. 2, where she had gone to sell vegetables. This vision took place a about 3:00 P.M. on October 8, 1974. Madeline says she was just sitting in the station wagon waiting for customers when she saw the Blessed Mother again standing there in the sky. "It was a beautiful day, but there were clouds, like puffs of snow or cotton, and there was the Blessed Mother, standing in the center." Madeline timed this vision by a clock that was laying on the seat of the station wagon as lasting just over one half hour. She did not have a camera withe her on this occasion. Madeline is not certain as to why the Blessed Mother appeared to her but feels it is a sign for believers and non-believers alike. Madeline has sent copies of the pictures to the Catholic bishop in Great Falls, Montana, but there has been no official investigation of the visions and none is anticipated. Madeline plans to construct a small shrine at the site of the vision where people can come and pray if they wish to do so. Copies of the four colored photographs, size 3 1/2" x 5 1/2", and a copy of this information sheet are available to anyone requesting them. A donation of $2.oo per set is being requested to cover the cost of developing the pictures, printing and for postage. Any money left over after all expenses are paid will go toward building the shine. To order pictures send name, address and check or money order to: Mary's Pictures P.O. Box 20536 Billings, MT 59104.