In 1846 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to two children, Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat on a mountain in La Salette, France while they were attending cattle. She was weeping and an intense light surrounded her. Around her neck was a crucifix, with a hammer and pincers on either side. Her message was one of a severe warning to mankind to keep the commandments and pursue holiness. She told of a terrifying apocalyptic future unless people repented. The local bishop formally approved the public devotion and prayers to Our Lady of La Salette in 1851.