Should you come to Lourdes with children, encourage them to take part in the beautiful Prayer Vigil specially adapted for them.
Prayer can be taught. A pilgrimage to Lourdes, one of the most important centres of prayer, is an ideal opportunity to teach children the joy of prayer. As in many other apparition sites, it is to a child that the Virgin Mary appeared. The prayer of a child is precious in her eyes, even though, as is often pointed out, at 14 years of age Bernadette only knew the ‘Our Father’ and ‘Hail Mary’.
Therefore children are invited to attend a Prayer Vigil to enable them to learn to pray like Bernadette and share this experience with other children of their own age.