“Penance! Pray to God for sinners. Go, kiss the ground for the conversion of sinners.”
– Our Lady of Lourdes
For the month of February, we’re coming together to pray a novena to Our Lady of Lourdes. This will take place from Feb. 2nd – 10th (the day before her feast day).
Our Lady, the Virgin Mary, appeared eighteen times to 14-year-old St. Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France. The climax of these apparitions took place when the Virgin Mary revealed herself as Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.
Bernadette recalled, “As I raised my head to look at the grotto, I saw a lady 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 the rosary were white… From the niche, or rather the dark alcove behind it, came a dazzling light.”
“She told me” Bernadette later wrote, “that she did not promise to make me happy in this world, but in the next.”
These events established the Marian veneration in Lourdes, which together with Fatima and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of the most frequented Marian shrines in the world, and to which between 4 and 6 million pilgrims travel annually.
O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your Assumption, triumphant in your coronation, show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.
Prayers each day:
O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, Virgin and Mother, Queen of Heaven, chosen from all eternity to be the Mother of the Eternal Word and in virtue of this title preserved from original sin, we kneel before you as did little Bernadette at Lourdes and pray with childlike trust in you that as we contemplate your glorious appearance at Lourdes, you will look with mercy on our present petition and secure for us a favorable answer to the request for which we are making this novena.
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O Brilliant star of purity, Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, glorious in your assumption, triumphant in your coronation, show unto us the mercy of the Mother of God, Virgin Mary, Queen and Mother, be our comfort, hope, strength, and consolation. Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.