Our Lady of Lourdes Novena Begins

“I am the Immaculate Conception,” said Our Lady when she appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes, France, in 1858.

Our Lady asked Bernadette to dig in the ground and drink from the spring that would appear there. This water also was given to ailing pilgrims, and numerous healings were reported. As a Church-approved Marian apparition site, Lourdes now receives millions of pilgrims from around the world.

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes was designated by Pope John Paul II as the “World Day of the Sick,” calling the faithful to pray for those who are sick.

The Marians, who are dedicated to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception, will celebrate the Our Lady of Lourdes Healing Novena at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.

You can remember someone in need of healing by sending the Marians your special intention.