Feastday February 11
Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary came down from Heaven eighteen times and showed herself at Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous, a little girl of fourteen years of age.
On February 11, while gathering wood, Bernadette heard a whistle of wind.
Her robe glowed with the whiteness of snow in the sunshine
Her head and shoulders were framed by a white veil, which fell the full length of her robe. A blue sash encircled her waist, and its two ends, wide and unornamented,
Each of her feet bore a rose of purest gold.
A rosary, whose beads were white and whose cross and chain were of gold,
On March 25, the feast of the Annunciation,
On that day Bernadette made this request:
This is how Bernadette describes what happened in that last apparition:
"Three times I asked the Apparition her name.
At the third instance, she stretched out her hands,
which until then she held joined, raised them, and she said:
'I am the Immaculate Conception.'
Then having completed her great message to the world,
Less than four years before these apparitions, on December 8, 1854,
At Lourdes the Virgin Mary had come to confirm the infallible utterance
On October 30, 1867, Bernadette made her religious profession
In January, 1873, Bernadette became ill.
On April 16, about three in the afternoon, Bernadette prayed:
"Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for me, a poor sinner!"
She made a Sign of the Cross, took the glass that was handed to her,
Bernadette died, worn out with physical suffering, on April 16, 1879, at the age of thirty-six.
Now her incorrupt body can be seen as she lay in death
Thirty years after her death her body was found in a perfect state of preservation,
She was beatified in 1925, and on December 8, 1933, she was canonized
Yearly from March to October the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes
Mary, Mother of God, I firmly believe in the doctrine of Holy Mother Church
Alone of all the children of Adam, you were gifted with the fullness of sanctifying grace
I thank God with you for these wonderful blessings.
Ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners,
By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary,
from which you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained
Obtain, O loving Mother, the granting of my requests. Through gratitude for your favors,
Through your loving compassion shown to thousands of pilgrims who come to your shrine
Our Lady of Lourdes, aid me through your prayer with your Divine Son,
Saint Bernadette, little shepherdess of Lourdes,
Intercede for me that I, too, may walk the simple path of faith.
Teach me to imitate your wonderful devotedness to God and our Lady,
Concluding Novena Prayer
God of infinite mercy, we celebrate the feast of Mary,