In pictures – 2013 Lourdes Day Mass celebrations in Sydney
On Saturday 7th December at St Mary’s Cathedral, the NSW branch celebrated its fourth annual Lourdes Day Mass.
Those who attended received a Blessing for good health and were also provided with a bottle of Lourdes Water for their personal use.
Next year’s Mass will be Saturday 6th December at St Mary’s Cathedral. It is open to all, but those who are sick, facing health challenges and wanting good health are particularly encouraged to attend.
More about Lourdes and the annual Lourdes Day Mass:
The Grotto at Lourdes, a town in the south western part of France’s Hautes-Pyrenees, has been a popular pilgrimage destination since Mary first appeared there to St Bernadette Soubirous in the mid-19th century. The water from the spring at Lourdes is cherished by the sick and infirm for its connection to healing miracles. Every year more than six million people make the pilgrimage to Lourdes to drink and bathe in the water, and ask for healing and forgiveness.
The Lourdes Day Mass provides those who cannot make the arduous and expensive journey to France with the opportunity to share in the Blessing and the water. It is a manifestation of the Order’s commitment to fulfill their mission to nurture, witness and protect the faith and serve the poor and the sick representing the Lord.