A prayer when lighting a candle

Published on 26 July 2021 - 08:25

During each pilgrimage to Lourdes, like Saint Bernadette Soubirous, we light a candle. How can we make this gesture even more of a ceremony? The “chapelains” suggest saying the prayers written on the panels near the Chapel of Lights.

Let us entrust our intentions to the Immaculate

Mary is Immaculate, a being of light. After the first apparition, Bernadette said, “I saw a young lady enveloped in light.” The candle that she lit during the third apparition helped her to pray, because it was reminiscent of the one that is held by the godparents during the Sacrament of baptism.

Let’s do as Bernadette did, let’s go to the Grotto to ask for a light in our lives. In Lourdes, each day ends with a torchlight procession at 9 p.m. Then we can go to the Chapel of Light to light a candle and pray for ourselves and for all those who have entrusted their intentions to us.

Let's light a candle

The day after the new priestly ordinations, let us unite in prayer for priests. Let us also pray for our families, let us ask for a light in our lives.