Lourdes Part IV: The Apparitions Continued

In my previous post, I gave descriptions of the first nine apparitions in Lourdes.

In that post, there was an issue with the photos and they weren’t visible at first! The issue was fixed later and the photos are now visible.

If you weren’t able to view the photos when you initially read the post, please click here to revisit it. (I recommend doing this because the photos illustrate the connections.)

In this post, I’ll present the last nine apparitions and the connections between the past and the present.

Image of the 16th Apparition, Musée Sainte-Bernadette, Lourdes

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Lourdes Part III: The Apparitions

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous eighteen times in the Grotto of Massabielle.

The apparitions began on February 11th and ended on July 16th in the year 1858.

Image of the 1st Apparition, Musée Sainte-Bernadette, Lourdes

Before going to Lourdes, I had some knowledge of the apparitions.

However, I didn’t know all of details or the connections between the apparitions and what currently takes place at the Sanctuary.

I recently discovered information about the apparitions on the official Lourdes website.

In this post, I’d like to share information for the first nine apparitions.

I’ll also share connections between past and present events in Lourdes.

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Lourdes Part I: Our Prayer Intentions

I arrived in Lourdes, France on July 31st and left on August 6th.

(I learned that Lourdes is pronounced “Lourd” in French.)

It was a special experience that I’m grateful for. It still seems surreal that God permitted us to go!

Lourdes is a beautiful place, and I hope to return someday.

I’ve been reflecting on my time there, and I’m sure I’ll continue this process for a while…

Since so much occurred during the pilgrimage — and so much is continuing to unfold — I plan to write about it in pieces.

In this post, I’ll share how my friend and I presented our prayer intentions (both your intentions and mine).

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The Queenship of Mary

Today, August 22nd the Church celebrates the Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

From the earliest ages of the catholic church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother’s solicitude over the entire world, just as she is crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen (Venerable Pius XII, Ad Caeli Reginam 1).

During my recent pilgrimage in Lourdes, I witnessed Mary’s Queenship being honored in a number of ways.

One event stood out to me the most. I’d like to share it with you because it connects to today’s feast.

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means that Catholics must attend Mass.

In 1950, Pope Pius XII wrote on the teaching of the Assumption:

The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory (Munificentissimus Deus 44).

The Solemnity of the Assumption — known as the Dormition of Mary in the Eastern Churches — is a special day for me and an important day for all Christians.

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