Service of Healing and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

On Monday of our week in Lourdes, traditionally, we celebrate Mass in the beautiful setting of the Grotto at which Our Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. We do this with pilgrims from Middlesbrough Diocese and other English pilgrims who are in Lourdes at the same time.

Then, later on the Monday of the pilgrimage, we gather in prayer in the Rosary Basilica, for a celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. We do this in the context of Eucharistic Adoration: two Sacraments of healing.

The Rosary Basilica is a most beautiful church in the centre of the domain area where all of our prayers and processions take place. It was designed with 15 chapels, each one representing in stunning mosaics, the 5 Joyful, 5 Sorrowful and 5 Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. Then, when Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries – or Mysteries of Light – to the Rosary in 2002, it was decided that these 5 new mysteries of the Rosary should be represented on the front of the Rosary Basilica.

We cannot gather in that beautiful building today, but from wherever we are able to participate in this ‘Lourdes at Home’ Liturgy of Healing, we are united in spirit under the watchful eye of our Holy Mother, Mary, Help of the Sick.

10am: Mass from Hednesford with Archbishop Bernard Longley

11am: Reflection by Bishop David McGough

12noon: Virtual Tour Reflection - Parish Church

5pm: Livestreamed liturgy: Service of Healing with Fr Philip Griffin

8pm: Virtual Marian Procession (Joyful mysteries)