Celebrate the Feast of the Ascension in Lourdes

Published on 9 May 2019 - 09:50

The Feast of the Ascension celebrates the ascent of Jesus to God his Father. It is celebrated in France on Ascension Thursday, forty days after Easter. Discover the programme of celebrations in the Sanctuary of Lourdes.

International Programme

Wednesday 29th May:
No international mass
2:30 pm : Rosary at the Grotto in English
9:00 pm : Marian Procession

Thursday, 30th May:
9:30 am : International Mass followed by the veneration of the relics of St. Bernadette
2:30 pm : Rosary at the Grotto in Spanish
5:00 pm : Eucharistic procession
6:00 pm : Rosary at the Grotto in Italian
9:00 pm : Marian torchlight procession

Discovery of the message of Lourdes in video (every 30 min – language on demand)

Baths Opening: starting at 9:00 am (expect large crowds between 30th May and 1st June)

Solemnity of the Ascension

The Ascension, that is to say, the ascension of the Risen Jesus into heaven, takes place at the end of his last apparition to his Apostles, 40 days after Easter. This period of forty days, which extends the earthly life of Lord Jesus Christ to strengthen the faith of his people, reminds us of all the great encounters with God that Moses, Elijah, and the people of the first Covenant experienced. The glorious Christ ascends into heaven to sit at the right hand of God, as the Church confesses in the Creed. The humanity of Christ precedes that of his disciples at the heart of the life of the Holy Trinity, which is for them a source of great joy, because it is a precursor to their own glorification.