The First Apparition of the Lady of All Nations
World War II had not yet finished when, on March 25, 1945, Palm Sunday, the great Marian apparitions of Amsterdam began. On this day, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation, the greatest event in the history of man: God takes on human nature in Jesus, to redeem us from sin and death.
In silence and secrecy the plan of salvation began in the grace-filled womb of the Immaculata, in her who will once be called the Coredemptrix. It is surely no coincidence that Mary chose this particular feast day to reveal herself as “THE LADY AND MOTHER,” for the messages of Amsterdam are of universal, salvific importance for the Church and the world.
Let us have Ida herself tell us of this event:
“It was March 25, 1945, the Feast of the Annunciation. My sisters and I sat talking in the drawing-room, around the pot-bellied stove. The war was still going on, and it was the time of the ‘hunger-winter.’ Father Frehe was in town that day and stopped by for a brief visit.”
“Well, you know what that comes to: we talked about the war and about our experiences. There had been more raids that week and the like. So we had quite a story to tell. Anyway, we were in deep conversation, when all at once—to this day I don’t know how or why—I felt drawn to the adjoining room and suddenly I saw a light appearing there. I said to myself, ‘Where is that light coming from? And what a curious light!’ I got up and couldn’t help going towards it.”
“There, in the corner of the room, I saw the light coming nearer. The wall disappeared before my eyes, and with it every-thing that had been there. It was one sea of light and an infinite depth. It was neither sunlight nor electric light. I couldn’t tell what sort of light it was. And out of that depth I suddenly saw a figure coming forward, a living figure, a female form; I can give no other explanation. She was dressed in a long, white garment and wearing a sash, very feminine. She was standing with her arms lowered and the palms of her hands turned outward, towards me.”
“As I looked, something strange came over me. I asked myself, ‘What is this?’ And even now I don’t understand how I dared to think, ‘It must be the Blessed Virgin; it can’t be otherwise.’ Meanwhile I heard my sisters and Fr. Frehe say, ‘Now what are you going to do’ and, ‘What are you up to?’ But because I was strongly drawn to that figure, I couldn’t give an answer. Then, all at once, the figure begins to speak to me. She says, ‘Repeat after me.’ I therefore begin—she speaks very slowly—to repeat after her, word-for-word.”
“My sisters and Fr. Frehe had gathered around me. I heard Fr. Frehe say, ‘What is she going to do now? Playing the saint, is she?’ However, when he heard me begin speaking, he said to my sister Jo, ‘Just write down what she says.’
“My sister saw no sense in it; she found it silly. But Fr. Frehe said, ‘Write it down.’ After I had repeated a couple of sentences, I heard Fr. Frehe say, ‘Listen, just ask who it is.’ And then I ask, ‘Are you Mary?’ The figure smiles at me and answers, ‘They will call me 'the Lady', 'Mother'.’ At the words ‘The Lady’ she moves her head slightly towards me. And so I repeat after her, ‘They will call me The Lady, Mother.’
“At that I heard Fr. Frehe say, ‘The Lady? Well, I’ve never heard that before! The Lady!’ And he and my sister that was doing the writing burst out laughing. Inwardly this irritated me a little. I thought, ‘If only you would see what I see, you wouldn’t be laughing like that.’ I couldn’t blame them, though, for they couldn’t see what I was seeing at that moment.”
“After the figure had said everything for me to repeat, she withdrew very slowly. Only then did the light also disappear, and all at once I saw everything around me in the room as it had always been.”
“Naturally enough Fr. Frehe began to ask, ‘What was that all about?’ I replied, ‘Well, I myself don’t know either. I think it was Mary.’ ‘Oh,’ he said, but made no further comment.”
(Fr. Brouwer, † 27.10.2008, of the Assumptionist Order, heard these accounts from the mouth of the visionary herself, and recorded them on audio tape.)
This photograph, which was taken at Ida’s home
in the 1950’s, shows us the plain surroundings
in which these most important messages were given.
During this first apparition of Our Lady, a cross is placed before Ida. “I take it up very slowly, and it is heavy.”
With this heavy cross Ida accepts her vocation as bearer and bringer of the messages of Amsterdam.
Source: Ida Peerdeman – The Visionary of Amsterdam
Biography by Fr. Paul Maria Sigl, 2005