FIRST REAL COMMUNIONS GIVEN BY THE ARCHANGEL
ST. MICHAEL TO THE VISIONARIES.
On the Feastday of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Blessed Virgin awakened the four children very early in the morning. They were to receive the first of some fifty real Communions from St. Michael. These occurred either in public or without any witnesses, and at various locations, except the village church and in homes.
That morning, the girls, in ecstasy, climbed, also for the first time, the very steep calleja up to the Pines, where, at 5 a.m., the Archangel gave the Eucharist to Mari-Cruz and Conchita. The latter would receive five or six of her subsequent Communions at this site on very particular liturgical days.
One hour later, also on the 16th of July, Mari-Loli and Jacinta, in turn, received the Eucharist at the site of the "Rock of the Angel" located on a lower level than the Pines and so named because St. Michael had stood there several times.
During the whole period of the apparitions, the visionaries received Communion almost every day, either at the Mass in the village, or from the hands of the Angel when there was no priest at Garabandal. The nine Pines at San Sebastian de Garabandal are what remains from a small plantation of pines and oaks organized in 1947 by the Mayor of the village, by Serafin Gonzalez, Conchita's grandfather on her father's side, and by the mayor of the area.
Set on a slightly higher level above the village and with no trees in the area, the Pines, as we will often have the opportunity of mentioning them, are the neuralgic center, really "chosen" for the phenomena and the events of Garabandal past and . . . to come.
The kissing of these objects was the principle purpose of
her very last visit at Garabandal on November 13, 1965. Many months in advance
Our Lady told Conchita that the kissing of objects would take place at the
pines on this date. Our Lady told Conchita to distribute these objects because
they have great importance.
[Excerpted from 'Garabandal' Book, J.Serre,page 65.]