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Letter for the Friends of Lourdes

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Dear Friends of Lourdes,

At the Grotto of Massabielle, early on the morning of Thursday 18th February 1858, Bernadette was deeply moved by the words of the Beautiful Lady who asked her, “Would you do me the honour of coming here for fifteen days?”

The invitation to come to Lourdes is beautiful. It is huge. It means coming “here” in procession, that is, on pilgrimage. It's like in the Gospel where Jesus invites those who want to follow Him to come to Him: “Come and see” (Jn.1:39).

Nevertheless, dear Friends of Lourdes, I know that many of you live a long way away from the Grotto, and that it's not easy for you to travel there or back.

We might naively imagine that the grace of Lourdes remains only when we are in Lourdes. Such thinking is false. Grace is given to us, not only to dwell within us, but above all to be shared with us and through us.

Dear Friends of Lourdes, I acknowledge your loyalty and thank you for supporting the Sanctuary in its mission. It is thanks to your generosity, that we have the means to spread the Virgin Mary's invitation, to come “here” in procession, to the whole world. It is thanks to you, that we are able to say: “Come in procession.”

In the joy of Easter, be assured of my prayers at the Grotto for each and every one of you.

Lourdes invites you to come “here” in procession in 2024

Monday, April 8, 2024

As Pope Francis has repeatedly reminded us, 2024 will be a year marked by prayer. This year, the Sanctuary invites you to come to Lourdes and join in the processions, bringing your loved ones with you in prayer. It's a wonderful way of responding to the call of Our Lady of Lourdes: “Go and tell the priests that people should come [here] in procession.”

The Sanctuary switches to summertime

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The Lourdes Sanctuary is open every day of the year. From April onwards, and throughout the pilgrimage season, the Sanctuary opens its doors from 6.00am to 12 midnight, allowing pilgrims to come and pray at the feet of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The Sanctuary community at the service of pilgrims

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is not an historical monument that needs to be maintained. It's a living place that transforms itself, year after year, to welcome pilgrims from all over the world n the best way it can, and help them discover its rich history and the universality of its message.

320 employees - 55 hectares
25 chapels - 3 basilicas

“Praying with Lourdes” mobile app

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The “Praying with Lourdes” app lets you stay close to the Grotto and Our Lady of Lourdes all year round.

Download the “Praying with Lourdes” app.
Available in 4 languages on IOS & Android.

Every day, candles from pilgrims from all over the world are lit live

Like thousands of pilgrims around the world, you can ask for a candle to be lit for your intentions. The Sanctuary's "feutiers" will light it for you at the Chapels of Light opposite the Grotto, the following day at 16:00 (French time). To have a candle lit cierge en ligne

You can join in with the prayers by following this live stream or on our “Praying with Lourdes” app. To download the “Praying with Lourdes” app application mobile officielle

Holy Week and Easter: a look back at a few amazing days of grace

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

From the Saviour's entry through the gates of Jerusalem, following his Passion and Resurrection, pilgrims celebrated Holy Week and Easter Sunday in communion. Relive the event through the photo gallery of the celebrations.

15th anniversary of the Simon of Cyrene association in Lourdes

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

600 members of the Simon de Cyrène association were in Lourdes during Holy Week to celebrate its15th anniversary.

HCPT pilgrimage groups in Lourdes

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Groups from Hosanna House and the Children's Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT) from the UK were in Lourdes over the first week of Easter. Take a look at the photo gallery from this pilgrimage for children and young people with disabilities. It was a colourful gathering with an infectious sense of fun.