As part of the Bernadette year, the 175th anniversary of her birth and the 140th of her death, this veneration is an opportunity for diocesan hospitality to publicise their pilgrimage to Lourdes which is always rich in blessings for the pilgrims who go.In Lourdes, this year, the relics of Saint Bernadette will be in the spotlight. A time of veneration will be offered twice a week, after the International Mass on Wednesdays and Sundays. In addition, the reliquary will continue its travels in Europe with new stopovers in Italy and Spain.
Intention De Priere A Sainte Bernadette
Marie Bernadette Soubirous1844-1879Feast Day: February 18Born at Lourdes, France, on January 7, the oldest child ofmiller Francis Soubirous and his wife, Louise, she was calledBernadette as a child, lived in abject poverty with her parents, wasuneducated, and suffered from asthma. On February 11, 1858, whilecollecting firewood on the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes, shesaw a vision of the Virgin Mary in a cave above the riverbank.Her report provoked skepticism, but her daily visions of the Lady fromFebruary 18 through March 4 drew great crowds of people. Despite greathostility on the part of the civil authorities, she persisted in herclaims, and on February 25 caused a spring to flow where none had beenbefore. On March 25, the vision told her it was the ImmaculateConception and directed her to build a chapel on the site.In 1866, she became a Sister of Notre Dame at Nevers, and she remainedthere until she died at Nevers on April 16. Lourdes soon became one ofthe great pilgrimage centers of modem Christianity, attracting millionsof visitors. Miracles were reported at the shrine and in the waters ofthe spring, and after painstaking investigation the apparitions wereecclesiastically approved.
Bernadette was canonized in 1933 by PopePius XI.Prayerof Saint Bernadette'Let the crucifix be not only in my eyes and on my breast, but in myheart.O Jesus! Release all my affections and draw them upwards.Let mycrucified heart sink forever into Thine and bury itself in themysteriouswound made by the entry of the lance.' Prayer to St.
Priere A Ste Bernadette Prayer
BernadetteO Saint Bernadette, who, as a meek and pure child, did eighteentimes at Lourdes contemplate the beauty of the Immaculate Mother of Godand received her messages, and who afterwards wished to hide yourselffrom the world in the convent of Nevers, and to offer thyselfthere as a victim for the conversion of sinners, obtain for us thegrace of purity, simplicity and mortification that we also may attainto the vision of God and of Mary in Heaven. Amen.- www.catholictradition.org/Children/st-bernadette.htm.