18th february, feast of Saint Bernadette Presided over by Cardinal Robert Sarah

People of Lourdes are very attached to the figure of Saint Bernadette, whom we celebrate this year in the 175th anniversary of her birth and the 140th of her death. Tradition has it that, on the day of her feast, the procession leaves from the parish church of Lourdes to the Grotto: “This is the feast of all people of Lourdes! It was onto this little woman, hidden in the middle of the Lourdes population of the nineteenth century, that a spotlight shone from heaven. (Father André Cabes, Rector of the Sanctuary.

18th february, feast of Saint Bernadette Presided over by Cardinal Robert Sarah

Sunday 17th february

5.30 pm Palais des Congrès
Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments since 2014, is giving a lecture at the Palais des Congrès in Lourdes, on 17th February from 5:30 pm, on the theme “Too much noise? The necessity of silence in our time.” Under Fayard editions, he published, “The force of silence against the dictatorship of noise”, an interview with Nicolas Dia, in which he undertakes to re-establish the nobility of silence. For Cardinal Robert Sarah, as a result of repelling the divine, modern man finds silence an agonising and oppressive test. The cardinal wants to remind us that life is a silent relationship of the most intimate moments between man and God. Silence is indispensable for listening to the music of God: prayer is born of silence and in returning to it constantly, becomes more and more profound. The cardinal wonders: can those who do not know silence ever really reach truth, beauty and love?
Free lecture with book signing.

8:30 pm Parish Church
Torch procession of the relics of St. Bernadette to the Grotto.

Monday, 18th february Saint Bernadette

10:30 am Rosary Basilica
Mass followed by the Angelus at the Grotto.

3.30 pm Rosary at the Grotto

4:15 pm Solemn vespers at the Rosary Basilica

Torchlight procession 17th February 2018:

PLEASE NOTE – The torchlight procession of Saint Bernadette’s relics (Sunday, 17th February departs 8.30 pm: parish church of Lourdes).