Tuesday – Mass celebrating the work of the Lourdes Hospitalite and young people on our Pilgrimage

Those who give their time freely this week and at other times of the year, to care for those who are sick, whether here in Lourdes or in other places.

This Mass takes place in what is often known as the Underground Basilica, where each afternoon, the Blessed Sacrament Procession reaches it conclusion, and where on Sundays and Wednesdays in Lourdes, the International Mass is celebrated. Its purpose is to facilitate large gatherings in a most accessible way. This modern building is adorned with images of the Saints.

Our Diocesan pilgrimage has also nurtured many young lives and we pray for the work of the Kenelm Youth Trust, for our schools and chaplaincies who are with us on Pilgrimage this year and for all young people in the Church: that we may recognise the youthfulness of our calling and see in our young pilgrims a sign of hope for the Church’s present and future. We thank God for the many young people whose lives have been shaped by the experience of volunteering and caring for sick pilgrims here in Lourdes.

This Mass was celebrated by Bishop Stephen Wright and Fr Jeremy Howard, Pilgrimage Director, delivered the Homily.

A number of people were also presented with three, five and 10 year medals for their continued service on the Lourdes Pilgrimage.

A very special presentation was made to Kevin and Jane Goodyear, here this year as pilgrims. The couple have worked tirelessly for the Archdiocese on previous pilgrimages.

Today they were both awarded the Pope's Benemerenti medal, for their service to the Catholic Church.

As the presentation was made by Archbishop Bernard Longley the congregation broke out with cheers and applause.

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Lourdes Pilgrimage 2023, Mass to celebrate Hospitalite and Young People

Tuesday - Holy Hour and Anointing of the Sick

This special liturgy takes place in the Rosary Basilica, at the heart of the domain area of the Lourdes shrine. We adore Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament and we witness the healing power of Christ in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick for those among us who seek the Lord’s presence at a time of illness or enduring sickness. As this year we focus on the instruction ‘to build a chapel here…’, we shall be very aware of being in a place of beauty, celebrating God’s abiding love for us in the Eucharist and witnessing God’s healing power in the lives of our brothers and sisters on pilgrimage with us.

Let us recognise in this time of prayer the role of medical professionals and carers in all settings.

In moments of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, we enter into the timelessness and beauty of God’s presence to ask for assistance for our earthly pilgrim journey.

Today's Holy Hour was celebrated by Fr Craig Szmidt and Fr David Hartley, Chaplain of the Sick whilst in Lourdes, gave the Homily.

'What a joy to be in Lourdes - Our Lady has brought us here to bless us'.

Read Homily in full

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Lourdes Pilgrimage 2023, Holy Hour and Anointing