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Our Lady of Lourdes

 


In 1858, in the grotto of Massabielle, near Lourdes in southern France, Our Lady appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl.  She revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception, asked that a chapel be built on the site of the vision, and told the girl to drink from a fountain in the grotto. Lourdes has become the most famous modern shrine of Our Lady.


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Handmade Venetian lampwork beads and vintage Swarovski crystals are featured in this rosary dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.  The Aves are 8mm Swarovski in Madeira topaz, accented with 4mm spacers of Sapphire Swarovski.  Topaz and sapphire are layered over gold foil in the 17mm Paters.  The rosary is joined with an exquisitely-detailed sterling centerpiece (see detail below ), featuring Our Lady on one side, and the the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes on the other.  A magnificent, 2-sided sterling 3" crucifix completes the rosary. 

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Our Lady of Lourdes rosary

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Handmade lampwork beads and vintage Swarovski crystals are featured in this rosary dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.  The Aves are a watery, tranquil blue: 8mm Swarovski crystals in Indian Sapphire.  The stunning sterling-capped Paters hint of the rough-hewn grotto walls beneath the surface.  The rosary is joined with an exquisitely-detailed sterling centerpiece (see detail above ), featuring Our Lady on one side, and the the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes on the other.  A magnificent sterling 2" crucifix completes the rosary.

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Water reflected against the rough hewn grotto is captured in these magnificent 18mm Pater beads of handmade lampwork!  The Aves, 8mm Swarovski with an ethereal finish called Bermuda blue call to mind the dappled reflections of hundreds of candles in the healing water at Lourdes.

This glorious rosary is joined with a sterling centerpiece of Our Lady's apparition at Lourdes, and completed by a striking 3" sterling crucifix, cast from an antique.

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An exquisitely detailed medal, cast in sterling from an antique, features the Immaculate Conception (above) on one side, and the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Bernadette on the obverse (below).  Topaz and sapphire are layered over gold foil in the 17mm Pater.  The Aves are 8mm Swarovski in Madeira topaz, accented with 4mm spacers of Sapphire Swarovski. 

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An exquisitely detailed medal, cast in bronze from an antique, features the Immaculate Conception on one side, and the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Bernadette on the obverse (see above).  The bronze-capped Pater bead is handmade lampwork --- sunny blossoms on an amethyst background.  The Aves reflect the blossoms with 8mm Swarovski crystals, with amethyst and jonquils Swarovski as the spacers.

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An exquisitely detailed medal, cast from an antique, features the Immaculate Conception on one side, and the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Bernadette on the obverse (see inset).  The Aves are sweet 8mm rosebuds of vintage pressed glass, in the softest rose-pink, brushed with celestial blue.  The sterling-capped 12mm Paters and 3mm spacers are fire-polished crystals in the same celestial blue.  This rosary is joined by a sterling 4-way cross centerpiece, and completed with this stunning 1.5" sterling medal.

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Prayers

Chaplet Prayers

On the medal pray:
O ever Immaculate Virgin,
Mother of Mercy,
Health of the Sick,
Refuge of Sinners,
Comfort to the Afflicted,
you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it  a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal.
I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession.
Obtain, O loving Mother, the granting of my requests.
Through gratitude for favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues that I may one day share your glory.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Amen.

On the large bead pray:
Our Father...

On each of the small beads pray:
Hail Mary …

In conclusion pray:
Glory be…


Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes


LITANY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES

Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy; Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy; Lord have mercy.
Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven; Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world; Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit; Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God; Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary; Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God; Pray for us.
Mother of Christ; Pray for us.
Mother of our Savior; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, help of Christians; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, source of love; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the poor; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the handicapped; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of orphans; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of all children; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of all nations; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, mother of the Church; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, friend of the lonely; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, comforter of those who mourn; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, shelter of the homeless; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, guide of travelers; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, strength of the weak; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, refuge of sinners; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, comforter of the suffering; Pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, help of the dying; Pray for us.
Queen of heaven; Pray for us.
Queen of peace; Pray for us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Spare us O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; Have mercy on us.
Christ hear us; Christ graciously hear us.

Let us pray: Grant us, your servants, we pray you, Lord God, to enjoy perpetual health of mind and body. By the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may we be delivered from present sorrows, and enjoy everlasting happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Apparitions of Lourdes

Our Blessed Mother appeared to a poor and sick fourteen year old girl who lived in the Pyrenees at a time of turmoil in France. On Thursday, February 11th 1858, Bernadette Soubirous, her sister Marie and another friend had gone to a nearby river to gather firewood. While Marie and her friend crossed the river to search the other side, Bernadette stayed on dry land. While searching for wood she heard a loud noise like the sound of a storm coming from a nearby grotto known as Massabielle. At the mouth of the grotto was a rosebush which was moving as if it were windy, which it was not. From the interior of the grotto she saw a golden-colored cloud, and soon after a Lady, young and beautiful who came and placed herself at the entrance of the opening above the rosebush. The Lady smiled at Bernadette and motioned for her to advance. Bernadette lost any fear she may have had and fell to her knees to pray the Rosary. After both she and the Lady completed these prayers (with the Lady only said the Lord's prayer and the Gloria), the Lady slowly withdrew to the interior of the grotto and disappeared.

Bernadette experienced eighteen visitations from Mary over a six month period never knowing who the Lady was until the last apparition. During the ninth apparition, Mary instructed Bernadette to dig a hole in the ground and drink and bathe in it. The hole later turned into a spring of water which Mary promised would be a healing spring for all who came to use its waters. Mary also asked Bernadette to tell the local pastor, Cure Peyramale to have a chapel built in honor of her appearances there. The Cure accused Bernadette of lying about the apparitions and told her to find out from the Lady just who she was and demanded from her that she perform a miracle by making the rosebush in the grotto bloom. On March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation, Mary answered the Cure's request when she answered Bernadette, who had only received a rudimentary religious education.

"I went every day for a fortnight, and each day I asked her who she was–and this petition always made her smile. After the fortnight I asked her three times consecutively. She always smiled. At last I tried for the fourth time. She stopped smiling. With her arms down, she raised her eyes to heaven and then, folding her hands over her breast she said, 'I am the Immaculate Conception.' Then I went back to M. le Curé to tell him that she had said she was the Immaculate Conception, and he asked was I absolutely certain. I said yes, and so as not to forget the words, I had repeated them all the way home."

Bernadette planted a candle between two rocks as a gift, a sign of her prayer and the revelation, and then ran home. Running all the way, she repeated these strange words over and over so that she would not forget them.  Of course the words were spoken in her native Bigourdan dialect and were completely unfamiliar: "que soy era Immaculada Councepciou."

With these words, Our Lady confirmed what the Pope had declared as official Catholic Church doctrine just four years earlier - a highly unlikely fact to be known by an uneducated fourteen-year-old in rural France.

The apparitions were declared authentic in 1862 and Lourdes rapidly became one of the world's major pilgrimage sites. Thousands have been cured from a variety of illnesses, both physical and spiritual, and a clinic to support the millions of pilgrims who come to Lourdes operates to this day. Bernadette returned to a life of obscurity. She became one of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Nevers and died there in 1879 after a long and painful illness. She was declared a saint in 1933, not because of the apparitions, but because of her dedication to a life of simplicity and service.

Her body remains incorrupt.

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