. Contemplative Haven: Feastday of Our Lady of Lourdes

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Feastday of Our Lady of Lourdes

This image can be found in the underground
basilica at Lourdes (Basilica of St. Pius X),
which also houses the Indoor Way of the Cross.

As always with our Blessed Mother, even at Lourdes she turns our gaze directly towards Her Son, Jesus.

Among the many other activities at Lourdes between the months of April and October, there is a daily Procession of the Blessed Sacrament.

As described on the website Lourdes-france, it is "one of the oldest traditions of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, to which has been added the Blessing of the Sick." The website goes on to tell us that "this celebration affirms three things: the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacred Host consecrated, our need to see the One who loves us, and that the Son of God is always among us in our joys and sorrows."

Ave Regina Caelorum

Traditionally used from the Feast of the Purification (February 2nd) until Wednesday in the Holy Week.

Hail, Queen of heaven;
Hail, Mistress of the Angels;
Hail, root of Jesus.
Hail, the gate through which the Light rose over the earth.
Rejoice, Virgin most renowned and of unsurpassed beauty,
and pray for us to Christ.



Blogger onionboy said...

Glorious painting.


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