Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Image of Mary at Lourdes

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, beginning a series of 18 apparitions. Bernadette reported:

“I raised my head and looked towards the grotto. I saw a Lady dressed in white, wearing a white dress, a blue girdle and a yellow rose on each foot, the same color as the chain of her Rosary: the beads of her Rosary were white.”

During the apparition on March 25, the lady identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

You can read more about the apparitions at Lourdes, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette here.

Below is a short prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes. The beautiful prayer is part of a 9-day Novena which ends today. BCI thought we would share it so you can commemorate today by asking for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary in whatever you would like to request. It is followed by an act of consecration to Our Lady of Lourdes.

Prayer

Be blessed, O most pure Virgin, for having vouchsafed to manifest your shining with life, sweetness and beauty, in the Grotto of Lourdes, saying to the child, St. Bernadette: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” A thousand times we congratulate you upon your Immaculate Conception. And now, O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings deign to cast upon us a look of mercy.

By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors, and already many have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and physical. We come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain for us, O loving Mother, the granting of our request.
(state your request)

Through gratitude for your favors, we will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that we may one day share your glory.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your divine son while upon earth. You have the same influence now in Heaven. Pray for us; obtain for us from your Divine Son our special requests if it be the Divine Will. Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

Act of Consecration

The following prayer is said as an act of consecration to Our Lady of Lourdes.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, Virgin Immaculate, you appeared 18 times to Bernadette at the grotto in Lourdes to remind Christians of what the truths in the Gospel require of them. You call them to prayer, penance, the Eucharist and the life of the church. To answer your call more fully, I dedicate myself, through you, to your Son Jesus. Make me willing to accept what he said. By the fervor of my faith, by the conduct of my life in all its aspects, by my devotion to the sick, let me work with you in the comforting of those who suffer and in the reconciliation of people that the church may be one and there be peace in the world. All this I ask, confidant that you, Our Lady, will fully answer my prayer.

Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
St. Bernadette, pray for us.

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One Response to Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

  1. jbq2 says:

    Our Lady of Lourdes pray for us! Semper Fi!

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