30th November – 8th December 2019
the feast of the Immaculate Conception

Published on 26 November 2019 - 09:29

The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, the Mother of God, was preserved from all sin from the first moment of her conception, in the womb of her mother. Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma in 1854, four years before the “Beautiful Lady” of Massabielle introduced herself to Bernadette Soubirous, on 25th March 1858: “Que soy era Immaculada Councepciou”.
Beginning on 30th November, we are invited to prepare for this beautiful and great celebration by going to confession and by a praying a novena.

The Novena Prayer

Programme for 7th and 8th December in Lourdes

Saturday 7th December

5:30 pm Vespers at the Immaculate Conception Basilica.
9 pm Marian torchlight procession

Sunday 8th December

10 am Mass presided over by Bishop Antoine Hérouard at the Underground Basilica of Saint-Pius X.
11:30 am Angelus and floral tribute.
3:30 pm Rosary at the Grotto.
4:15 pm Eucharistic Adoration at the Rosary Basilica led by the Cenacolo.
5:30 pm Blessing of the crib and vespers at the Rosary Basilica. Followed by the blessing of the cribs at the crypt and the Immaculate Conception Basilica.
9 pm Marian torchlight procession.

International rosary by torchlight at the Grotto

Outside the pilgrimage season, an international rosary by torchlight is held at the Grotto from 8:30 pm, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Crib trail

From 8th December, you can take part in a trail of the cribs, every day, from 2:30 pm.