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LOURDES Introductory walking tour of the Sanctuary; time for prayer at the Shrine, the Grotto, and the Basilica; opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession, to attend the Candlelight Marian Procession, Mass and Rosary daily;
CHATEAU-FORT Visit the Castle and the Pyrenean arts and culture exhibition;
A local expert will accompany you on some of the activities for a deeper understanding of the Marian message
MASS SERVICES: Daily Mass, Rosary and candlelight Processions to be attended with the group or at leisure (all in local language and venues subject to change).
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Total meals included:
Check into your hotel, then meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers, and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey.
Start your experience by meeting other pilgrims by the statue of the crowned Virgin, La Vierge Couronnée, where your local spiritual expert will unveil the meaning of the message of Lourdes. Later attend the M Pilgrim Mass. This afternoon visit the GROTTO, the simple area where St. Bernadette witnessed the Holy Virgin’s apparitions in 1858. Join the Rosary (in French), take the opportunity to go to Confession, and join the candlelight Procession, which takes place every evening.
Time for introspection and silence and the possibility to further explore on your own or follow the WAY OF THE CROSS on a wooded hillside area with other pilgrims. Attend M Mass, if you wish. In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to recite the Rosary and join the afternoon Eucharistic procession (The Blessed Sacrament) in the Prairie of the Sanctuary and walk to the Basilica of St. Pius X.
This morning is dedicated to visiting the complex of the Healing Pools situated next to the Miraculous Cave, where the Virgin Mary was seen and where many healings took place. Later, hear the story of St. Bernadette’s life and of the Marian apparitions. They started on February 11th, 1858, when Bernadette Soubirous was only 14 years old. While she was in the Grotto, she experienced the apparition of a girl, dressed in white and with a blue belt around her waist, who eventually introduced herself as the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Virgin appeared to Bernadette 18 times, after which her life completely changed.
In the morning, join a guided visit of CHATEAU-FORT, strategically placed at the entrance of the seven valleys of the Lavedan. The castle was originally built in Roman times, but was reinforced several times over the centuries. Hear about the legend of Charlemagne and visit the exhibition about Pyrenean arts and culture. In the afternoon, spend some more time taking in the special atmosphere of Lourdes.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Toulouse.)
The daily sequence of activities is subject to change.
Departure February 9 - Anniversary of the first Lourdes Apparition
Departure April 13 - Feast of St. Bernardette.
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