Lourdes. My experience…

Being raised a Catholic, Sunday mass was a compulsory ritual during my childhood. The holy city of Lourdes was familiar to me from an early age, as I had been informed about the miraculous stories that had occurred there. Family or friends who had visit this sacred place would return with the Holy Water, which was sparingly distributed between relatives and then significantly used for healing reasons when needed.

Ultimately Lourdes became a place I felt needed to be visited, hence two years ago on our Europe holiday, we decided to visit Lourdes as a day trip.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes attracts large crowds of not only devout Catholics, but other religious denominations as well. Those seeking to be healed physically, mentally and spiritually congregate for personal reasons and connect with a greater force beyond. There have been more than 7000 cases of incomprehensible miraculous cures, though sixty-nine cases of these miracles have been recognised by the Catholic Church.

Personally, I felt an immense connection visiting the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. A powerful feeling, leaving me emotionally drained. Walking through the grotto where you can touch the damp rock faced wall and experiencing “The Pools”, brought me to tears for some unexplained reason. I could not control myself and eventually emotion took over. Bathing in the pools was an experience I will never forgot. Walking into the icy water, only wrapped in a sheet accompanied by two other lovely female volunteer attendants, and then emerging from the pool and not needing a towel to dry off, because you are somehow miraculously dry, was something I could not and still cannot understand.  Nevertheless, it does not matter if I cannot understand this, because it was the whole experience which I embraced and was completely grateful for. I did not want to know the “how’s” and whys” of the whole situation.

The perfect peacefulness and finding oneself at such a sacred place was unconditionally fulfilling.

A complete mindful journey.

 

 

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The view from the top of the Basilica

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The Basilica

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The statue of the Madonna at the Grotto

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes

(open 24 hours a day, free admission)

Features;

  • Basilica of Immaculate Conception – consists of an Upper and Lower Basilica
  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary – Basilica covered in Venetian mosaics
  • Basilica of St Pius the X – This is where International mass is held
  • The Crypt – only seats 120 people
  • The Grotto – This is where Mary first appeared to Bernadette in 1858 when she was 14 years of age. There is a Spring in the rocks where the water then leads to the Holy Water taps for public use.
  • The pools – open morning and afternoon with a break at lunch time
  • Stations of the Cross – 15 stations are located on the grounds
  • Processions – public candlelit processions at 9pm every evening and Blessed Sacrament procession every evening at 5pm

 

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Believers reaching for the holy water that drips from the rocks under the Grotto

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Entrance to the Basilica

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Beautiful Mosaic tiled outdoor Alter

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Burning candles in the chapel

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Flowers are placed at the statue

 

To find out more information and schedules about Lourdes, click here.

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116 thoughts on “Lourdes. My experience…

  1. A mindful traveler indeed! This sounds like it was an amazing experience. I would love to visit Lourdes one day, as a fellow born and raised catholic, I think this is one of those places that I would be in complete awe of. Old historical cathedrals and basilica’s have that effect on my anyways, so I can’t even imagine how I would feel in a place this strongly linked to the faith. As always, thank you for sharing 🙂

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  2. Wonderful place to visit and by the sounds of it an experience you’ll never forget. I visited Lourdes with my parents when I was 14 and, though I don’t remember bathing, it was very special.

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  3. I probably would be crying too. You were so lucky to have been able to experience what you had. After reading this, I honestly want to include this in our itinerary if we get to visit France again. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I can’t move past your experience in the water … dry on exit. It is hardly surprising that religion appeals to the masses and that places become the end of holy pilgrimages. Some things are not explicable by logic – Lourdes (I have been a couple of times) is one of the most acute examples. Your pictures are absolutely magical and I thank you for this reminder of an extraordinary place 🙂

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    1. You’re so welcome. Yes. Some things are totally unexplainable. I remember sitting next to a lady with her child and her mother in the line waiting for the “baths”. That was her eighth visit there!! I was surprised how often people return to Loureds. Faith is a powerful force. 😊❤️

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  5. Gorgeous photos, and what a beautiful testimonial of your visit and inner connection there. Thanks so much for this blog post! 🙂

    So lovely to connect. Hope you are doing really well. Blessings to you and everything you do this week, Debbie

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  6. Thank you for sharing your experience to us. I can understand why you were emotionally drained to be overcome with tears and Holy Spirit take over. I hope one day to go as well. Im glad that I read this today. Wonderful post!

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  7. I am a (very inactive) Catholic, but never felt the need to visit Lourdes (Rome on the other hand…). My mum visited with my gran though, decades ago. Your pics are stunning and the crowds don’t seem that bad?

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    1. Rome is very special indeed. I remember the first time st the Vatican. Amazing.
      Thank you Esther. Yes. There weren’t many people that day which was great. We were there late September so the Summer crowds had subsided. Thanks for reading. 😊

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  8. I have known about Lourdes for a long time but had no idea how it looks. I didn’t know the complex is so big and with so many places to see and meditate. Good to know you were able to connect with the place. #wanderfulwednesday

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  9. I loved your post! 20 years ago I visited Lourdes at a time when I was young and I was not sure of which direction to take in life. I went there as a voluteer with my local community. Together we took (by train) ill and old people on a visit to this holy place. We stayed there for a week. Every morning there was mass and then we would look after the elderly during meal times. I never forgot how much energy there was in Lourdes and during the mass, when it was packed with people and everyone was singing, it was so powerful and so moving. I was often in tears. What an incredible place indeed. Thank you for your lovely post and beautiful photos!

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    1. Thank you so much Alida. Wow, you must have some wonderful memories from this special time in your life. What a beautiful experience volunteering and helping so many people. It’s hard to describe the powerful force at Lourdes, and yes it is indeed incredible. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Xx

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  10. Hello there,
    I saw your post from Debbie’s Forgiving Friday’s and wanted to read about your experience…
    I’m so glad I did. It sounds just beautiful and I can totally understand the reason for your tears. I had one or two reading about your time there.
    I wore a Miraculous Medal around my neck every day of my high school life…Mary has indeed been special to me.
    I’m glad I stopped by and I’m now following because I love the name of your blog. I think it’s lovely.
    Best wishes,
    Di 💐🦋

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      1. Hello Lorelle,
        (Sorry I didn’t use your name first time…I saw it on Debbie’s summary after I returned there but I’d already posted your comment.)
        Yes, Debbie is a special person for us all who encounter her most certainly.
        And you’re very welcome. Thank you for a lovely reply 💐✨💐

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      2. Oh really!! That’s amazing. I’m not sure why I’m surprised really. I guess being in the blog sphere and on Instagram too, most people I meet are not from here but there are a few of us for sure! You are very close then.
        Enjoy your afternoon now I know we are in the same time zone…🙋🏻🌎💐💐

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  11. I have never in my 40 years heard of this place and I was raised Catholic! I am in awe of these pictures! Thank you so much for sharing!!! I’m going to keep this in the back of my head as a place I would like to visit. Thank you!

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