Our Lady of Lourdes–"Lovelier than I have ever seen."

On this day in 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubiroux, a 14 year old girl, in southern France. This was the first apparition of 18 at Lourdes.

Upon seeing Our Lady, Bernadette simply said: “Lovelier than I have ever seen.”

We will likely never see Our Lady in this kind of way, but we certainly do know that her words are true indeed: Our Lady is lovelier than anything we have or will ever see. In her is she who was not tainted by sin. In her is the one who submitted to the will of Almighty God and brought the Lord into the world.

If we want a definition of love, we need only look to Our Blessed Mother for an example!

One day, Our Lady told Bernadette to drink from a spring. Looking around, Bernadette saw no such spring. She was told to scratch the surface of the ground where she stood, and at that moment a spring came up.

Since then, the bath in Lourdes is an attraction that about 5,000 have claimed to have been healed by. The Church has verified something like 75% of these.

Healing happens here for the soul more than for the body. Another seminarian shared the photo at the top of this post from his trip to Lourdes.

This is the most common pilgrimage destination in the world!

Here is the Litany of Our Lady of Lourdes:

Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy; Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven; Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world; Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit; Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God; Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary; Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God; Pray for us.
Mother of Christ; Pray for us.
Mother of our Savior; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, help of Christians; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, source of love; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the poor; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the handicapped; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of orphans; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of all children; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of all nations; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the Church; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, friend of the lonely; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, comforter of those who mourn; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, shelter of the homeless; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, guide of travelers; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, strength of the weak; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, refuge of sinners; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, comforter of the suffering; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, help of the dying; Pray for us.
Queen of heaven; Pray for us.
Queen of peace; Pray for us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Spare us O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us.
Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us.
Let us pray:
Grant us, your servants, we pray you, Lord God, to enjoy perpetual health of mind and body. By the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may we be delivered from present sorrows, and enjoy everlasting happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

One thought on “Our Lady of Lourdes–"Lovelier than I have ever seen."

  1. Tonight after Mass, Fr. Bill had a special “healing” service in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes… He prayed special prayers for the sick people of the parish and then gave Annointing of the Sick to those who needed it… I did not stay for it however, because we had a Confirmation facilitator's meeting which I had to go to, but I thought I would mention that to you….

    Teresa

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