Our Lady of La Salette (French: Notre-Dame de La Salette) Retablo #113
- Our Lady of La Salette (French: Notre-Dame de La Salette) is a Marian Apparition reported by two French children, Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Calvat, to have occurred at La Salette-Fallavaux, France, in 1846.
In 1846, the village of La Salette consisted of eight or nine scattered hamlets. The population was about 800, principally small farmers with their families and dependents.
On the evening of Saturday, 19 September 1846, Maximin Giraud and Mélanie Calvat returned from the mountain where they had been minding cows and reported seeing "a Beautiful Lady" on Mount Sous-Les Baisses, weeping bitterly. They described Her as sitting with Her elbows resting on her knees and her face buried in her hands. She was clothed in a white robe studded with pearls; and a gold colored apron; white shoes and roses about her feet and high headdress. Around her neck she wore a crucifix suspended from a small chain.
According to their account, She continued to weep even as She spoke to them, first in French, then in their own dialect of Occitan. After giving a secret to each child, the apparition is said to have walked up a hill and vanished from sight.
After five years of investigation, the Bishop of Grenoble, Philibert de Bruillard announced in 1851 that the apparition was likely to be a True Revelation and authorized the commencement of the following of Our Lady of La Salette. His determination was later confirmed by his successor, Bishop Ginoulhiac.
- On Saturday, September 19, 1846, a “Beautiful Lady” appeared to two children, both from a local village in the French Alps: Maximin Giraud, eleven years old, and Melanie Calvat, almost fifteen, who were watching their herds on the slope of Mont Planeau.
- During the Apparition, Our Lady Mary told the children to pray the Rosary each day to bring Peace to the World and to bring an End to War.
- The children reported that Our Lady asked all to pray for the Conversion of all of Russia, to do Penance.
- Retablo dimensions are approx. 13.75 inches vertical x 10 inches horizontal.