In pictures: Lourdes Day Mass celebrations in Adelaide
On 11th February Members in South Australia hosted Lourdes Day Mass celebrations at St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Adelaide. Despite the temperature on the day reaching 42c, the Mass was well attended.
Archbishop Wilson concelebrated the Mass with priests of the Diocese who were suffering from ill health and those working in the health ministry.
In addition to Members of the Order, representatives from Catholic Hospitals, aged care and other health services participated in the liturgy. Those who attended the Mass received a Blessing for good health and were also provided with a bottle of Lourdes Water for their personal use.
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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.