Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

Our Lady of Lourdes
Dear Visitor:
        Welcome to our Shrine, dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. It is a representation of Bernadette’s vision in 1858.
        According to reports of the vision, the French peasant girl, Bernadette, was praying at a grotto when she saw a vision of a beautiful lady clothed in white and blue with roses at her feet and a rosary hanging from her arm. When the child told her mother about this, her mother did not believe her; however, the vision appeared again to the child the following Sunday. At that time, Bernadette sprinkled holy water toward the rocks saying, “If you are from God, approach nearer; but if you are from the devil, go back!” The lady smiled and drew nearer, but departed a short while later.
        On eighteen different occasions, the vision appeared to Bernadette and, at one time, bid her to “Drink from the fountain.” Looking around, the child saw no fountain, but suddenly one sprang up and flowed over the rocks. At another time, Bernadette begged her, “Oh, Lady, tell me who you are,” repeating her request four times. Each time the vision grew brighter. Finally, the vision replied, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Bernadette then knew it was the mother of Jesus.
        The fame of these visions spread and the spot is now the scene of many miraculous cures. Thousands upon thousands have been blessed at Lourdes since the Blessed Mother appeared to Bernadette. It is the world’s most visited shrine.
        Our shrine commemorates the apparitions of Mary. Ahead of you is the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the ground facing her is the statue of Bernadette as she appeared during the apparitions. The water here has been blessed and is a reminder to us of the miraculous water that sprang up at Lourdes.
        We suggest that you say this prayer:
        “Oh, God, Who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we humbly ask that, worthily celebrating the apparition of the same Virgin, we may obtain health, both of soul and body. Amen”