Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lourdes Evening Procession: River of Lights at the Shrine ( Immaculate Lourdes Series 11)

Lourdes Evening Procession 
River of Lights at the Shrine
Immaculate Lourdes Series 11 

We returned to our Hotel Majestic after visiting Pic Du Jer.
 We snacked on the pastries we bought from the grocery,


…and after several hours of rest, we
returned to the Lourdes Sanctuary for
the 9:00pm candlelight procession.

We purchased candles at a souvenir
shop along the busy Rue de Grotte,

…and we were on our way to the domain.

The assembly area was in front of the Grotto,


The Evening Marian Procession takes place every 9.00pm.



…that begins at the Grotto area,

…led by sick pilgrims some of them in wheelchairs,


…followed by devotees carrying
the image of the Lady of Lourdes,

…an a multitude of pilgrims from all over the world.


We walked singing Ave Maria
with our lit candle held up,


…reciting the rosary in different languages.


The procession is a sight to behold.



… as it snakes around the Esplanade,


… ending in the Rosary square.


There was a final blessing spoken in Latin, and then ended 
with  an exchange the sign of peace among the pilgrims.

It was a spiritually inspiring evening
of sanctimonious songs and prayers-

…where Bernadette was instructed by Virgin Mary
more than 100 years ago to “Go to the priests and tell
them that people  should come here in procession.”

The evening procession has been done
here everyday for over a hundred years.

We here happy we became a part of it.

Links for the Immaculate Lourdes Series:

Hotel Majestic 
Tranquil Abode in Lourdes
Immaculate Lourdes Series 1 

AFC (AMMA Fried Chicken) 
Better Than Finger Licking Good. 
ImmaculateLourdes Series 2 

Rue de Grotte 
The Road to Holiness
Immaculate Lourdes Series 3 

Cinema Majestic 
Ancient Religious Theater
Immaculate Lourdes Series 4 

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes 
The Sacred Domain
Immaculate Lourdes Series 5 

Gave de Pau 
A River Runs Thru It
Immaculate Lourdes Series 6 

L’ Ermitage Restaurant 
Delicious Food, Friendly Service 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 7 

Petit Train Touristique de Lourdes 
The Best of Lourdes by Mini- Train 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 8 

Funiculaire du Pic du Jer 
Scenic Ancient Funicular Train
Immaculate Lourdes Series 9 

Pic du Jer 
The Best View of the Pyrenees 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 10 

Lourdes Evening Procession 
River of Lights at the Shrine 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 11 

L’ Europeen 
Delicious Indian Cuisine
Immaculate Lourdes Series 12 

Traditional Lourdes Pastries 
Unique French Provincial Snacks
Immaculate Lourdes Series 13 

Le Petit Lourdes 
Ancient Lourdes in Microcosm
Immaculate Lourdes Series 14 

Musee de Cire 
Awesome Religious Wax Museum 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 15 

La Maison de Bernadette 
A Saint’s Humble Home
Immaculate LourdesSeries 16 

Musee de Pyreneen 
Breathraking Hilltop Castle Museum 
Immaculate Lourdes Series 17 

Au Rendez vous des Ch’timis et des Bretons 
Good Food, Homey Restaurant
Immaculate Lourdes Series 18 

Amazing Lourdes 
Beautiful Rustic Pligrim City
Immaculate Lourdes Series 19

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