Monday, February 8, 2010

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11th is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared eighteen times, and showed herself to St. Bernadette in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes. On March 25 she said to the little shepherdess who was only fourteen years of age:
"I am the Immaculate Conception."
Since then Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and many cures and conversions have taken place. Here are some ideas of how to celebrate today with your family:
Prayer
  • Pray the Rosary
  • Pray this Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes

O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfort to the Afflicted,you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Deign to cast upon me 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 sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the granting of my requests. Through gratitude for favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues that I may one day share your glory. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Amen. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.)

Read
Our Lady of Lourdes by Father Lovasik
Food
  • French Crepes (as Lourdes is in France)
  • blueberry muffins or pancakes
  • an all white meal - chicken, cauliflower, white rice, etc.
  • White pancakes or muffins to symbolize the Holy Mother's virgin purity and blueberries to symbolize her blue mantle.
  • For recipes or other food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine

Activities

  • Make an Our Lady of Lourdes Holy Water Font as seen here at Our Domestic Church
  • Do an easy Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Craft by coloring an image of Our Lady of Lourdes and gluing it onto brown construction paper and decorating with glitter or tissue paper as seen here at Shower of Roses

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