Be blessed, O most pure Virgin, for having vouchsafed to manifest your shining with life, sweetness and beauty, in the Grotto of Lourdes, saying to the child, St. Bernadette: "I am the Immaculate Conception." A thousand times we congratulate you upon your Immaculate Conception. And now, O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings deign to cast upon us 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 have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and physical. We come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain for us, O loving Mother, the granting of our request. request Through gratitude for your favors, we will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that we may one day share your glory.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Mother of Christ, you had influence with your divine son while upon earth. You have the same influence now in Heaven. Pray for us; obtain for us from your Divine Son our special requests if it be the Divine Will. Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
O Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, virgin and mother, queen of heaven, chosen from all eternity to be the Mother of the Eternal Word and in virtue of this title preserved from original sin, we kneel before you as did little Bernadette at Lourdes and pray with childlike trust in you that as we contemplate your glorious appearance at Lourdes, you will look with mercy on our present petition and secure for us a favorable answer to the request for which we are making this novena.
blessed with health of mind and body. O most gracious Mother Mary, beloved Mother of Our Lord and Redeemer, look with favor upon us as you did that day on Bernadette and intercede with him for us that the favor we now so earnestly seek may be granted to us.
Celebrating the Day
I've posted something on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and/or the feast day of St. Bernadette every year since I started blogging, which is a lot of posts! St. Bernadette is my special name patron (my middle name is Bernadette) and Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, is the title of the Blessed Mother as my special Protectress through my Consecration to Mary. So, yeah... I can't resist writing about the apparitions at Lourdes! For a ton of links, plus the story in a nutshell, and information on Lourdes, itself, you can find a round up here. And some more over here. You can find instructions and links for a "grotto craft" for the feast day here. Jessica at A Shower of Roses has a great collection of other craft links here. Catholic Cuisine's post for the feast of St. Bernadette suggests crepes to celebrate the day, and they have a treasure trove of other ideas for the feast day, celebrating Our Lady as the Guest of Honor, here. And then there are always coloring pages...