Our Lady of Pontmain

Our Lady of Pontmain was prefigured in the Old Testament by the story of the Ark in Cariathiarm, Samuel interceding for the Israelites, God stopping the Philistines from attacking, King David bringing the Ark to Jerusalem and Uzzah touching the Ark and falling dead. These stories come from the Book of 1 Kings: 7 and 2 Kings: 6. For a video that gives the Scriptural and historical references, see the below video at the bottom of this page. Directly below, select the corresponding numbered tabs for a summary of the parallels.

Old Testament

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New Testament

Prayer, Repentance and Sacrifice

The Israelites are about to be attacked by the Philistines, and they ask Samuel to pray to God.  He tells them to put away their idols.  The Israelite people, led by Samuel, repent of their sins against the Lord. Samuel offers a young lamb as a sacrifice on behalf of the people of God.

Enemies Turn Back

The Philistines were about to attack the nation of Israel, and the people were afraid. The people repented and God answered their prayer. The Lord thundered against the Philistines, who turned back and retreated away from Israel.

Occupied Land Returned

The Philistines retreated due to the Lord’s protection. Upon their retreat, the cities that were taken from Israel were returned back to them. And the Philistines were humbled and they didn’t come any more into the borders of Israel.

Singing Songs Before the Ark

When David was moving the Ark from Cariathiarim, he drew together a great crowd and played hymns to God before the Ark of the Covenant.

Touching the Sacred

As the Ark was about to fall from the cart when Uzzah, rashly, put his hand forth to steady the Ark. God struck him dead for touching the Ark.

Sadness for God’s Punishment

David grieved because the Lord struck Uzzah dead, for his transgression against the Lord, in touching the Ark.

Prayer, Repentance and Sacrifice

The Prussian army is closing in on the small village of Pontmain.  Our Lady appears and a crowd gathers.  The people of Pontmain, during the Apparition, sing the hymn “Parce Domine”, which means “Spare us O Lord”, and repent of their sins. Jesus Christ, the lamb of God, is offered as a sacrifice on our behalf.

Enemies Turn Back

The Prussians were about to advance onto the town of Pontmain. The small village was very afraid and prayed for God to save them. Our Lady said that God will answer their prayer in a little time. During the Apparition of Our Lady, the Prussians inexplicably stopped their advance and retreated.

Occupied Land Returned

The Prussians retreated due to Our Lady’s protection. Upon the end of the Franco – Prussian war, the cities and countryside that was occupied was returned back to France. The Armistice was soon signed and the Prussians didn’t  attack the people of France any more.

Singing Songs Before the Ark

During the Apparition of Our Lady, the crowd gathered together and sang hymns of repentance and praise to God and to Our Lady. Our Lady joined in by keeping pace with the hymns by moving her hands to the music.

Touching the Sacred

The banner the unfurled at the feet of Our Lady of Pontmain said that Her Son let’s Himself be touched.

Sadness for God’s Punishment

During the time when the crowd was singing hymns, Our Lady was keeping pace with the songs. However, when the hymns turned to the subject of Jesus Christ, Our Lady became profoundly sad and started to regard a red crucifix that appeared in her hands. In the Old Testament, the people of God died because of their transgressions against God However, Our Lady grieved for Her Son, because He paid the price for our transgressions by His Holy Death.


Watch the full length video below for Scriptural and historical references, and for the complete context of the parallels displayed above.