From New York to Los Angeles, the relics of Bernadette Soubirous are travelling to 32 cities in the United States

Published on 18 March 2022 - 11:21

Since 2017, the relics of Saint Bernadette have been travelling through France and Europe attracting considerable interest among the Christian communities that have welcomed them.
On 4th April 2022, Bernadette’s reliquary begins a journey to the United States of America, which will take it to 32 American cities.

2022: A 4-month journey

This year, it is the turn of the United States of America to welcome the little saint of Bigorre for a 4-month trip starting on 4th April.
From New York to Los Angeles via Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Montana, Bernadette Soubirous will be meeting the American faithful in their dioceses.
A little piece of Lourdes is crossing the Atlantic.

Today, Bernadette comes to the American people through this pilgrimage of her relics which is taking place across the United States of America, as an invitation to join her and to pray with her.
I am delighted that the Christians of America will be able to discover Lourdes a little more and that they may be motivated to come for a visit.
Mgr. Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, rector of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes

PRAYER OF BLESSING AT THE DEPARTURE OF THE RELICS

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. R/ Amen.
The Lord be with you.
R/ And with your Spirit.
As the Reliquary, containing the relic of Saint Bernadette prepares to depart on its 4-month pilgrimage to the United States, let us remember how and this pilgrimage came into being. Let us reflect for a few moments, and invoke the intercession of St Bernadette, for those who will accompany the relic, for those who will lead this time of grace as well as for all the faithful and those who, in one way or another, will encounter Bernadette. May she be the messenger of divine grace for everyone.

O Saint Bernadette
Sweet daughter of the Blessed Virgin,
Faithful and courageous messenger, we pray to you.
Your simplicity and your trust touched the heart
of the Mother of the Lord.
Bless those who have brought this pilgrimage into being
And who have worked for its success.
Watch over those who, from dioceses to parishes,
in various ways, will spread Mary’s message.

O Saint Bernadette,
who, as a meek and pure child, did eighteen times
at Lourdes contemplate the beauty
of the Immaculate Mother of God
and received her messages
and who afterwards wished to hide yourself from the world
in the convent of Nevers,
and to offer thyself there as a victim for the conversion of sinners,
obtain for us the grace of purity,
simplicity and mortification
that we also may attain to the vision of God
and of Mary in Heaven.
Amen.

Let us pray

Almighty God,
you never cease to show your goodness to those who love you, and you let yourself be found by those who seek you; look with favour on your servants who are journeying with the relic of Saint Bernadette and guide their steps according to your precepts.
Deign to bless all those who come to meet her so that her example of faith, hope and charity may set their hearts on fire,
and make them witnesses to your gospel.
Through Jesus, the Christ, our Lord.
R/ Amen.

May the Lord guide our steps and lead us to his salvation. R/ Amen.
May the Lord be with us and accompany us on our journey. R/ Amen.
May God help us to complete the pilgrimage that we are now beginning in faith. R/ Amen.

May the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
R/ Amen.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

The reliquary of Saint Bernadette will then travel to Great Britain and Lebanon to meet Christians from all over the world.