Lourdes, 8th – 10th June Feast of Pentecost and Mary, Mother of the Church

Pentecost marks the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the birth of the Church. This event occurred fifty days after Easter. This year, it is celebrated on Sunday 9th June. Discover the programme of celebrations in the Sanctuary of Lourdes.

Lourdes, 8th – 10th June Feast of Pentecost and Mary, Mother of the Church

Saturday 8th June

10:00 am: Message from Lourdes
11:15 am: Mass
2:00 pm: Pilgrimage to the Grotto
3:30 pm: Rosary at the Grotto
4:15 pm: Conference “Mary, Mother of all grace”
9:00 pm: Marian torchlight procession

Pentecost Sunday 9th June

9:30 am: Video
9:30 am: International Mass
10:00 am: Conference “Mary and the Holy Spirit”
11:15 am: Pilgrimage Mass
2:00 pm: Pilgrimage to the Grotto
3:30 pm: Rosary at the Grotto
5:00 pm: Eucharistic Procession
9:00 pm: Marian torchlight procession

Monday 10th June, Mary Mother of the Church

9:30 am: Video
10:00 am: Conference, Mary Mother of the Church
11:15 am: Pilgrimage Mass
2:00 pm: Pilgrimage to the Grotto
2:30 pm: Rosary in English at the Grotto
3:00 pm: In the Steps of Bernadette – visit
3:30 pm: Rosary in French at the Grotto

Discovering the message of Lourdes in video (every 30 min – languages on demand)
Baths Open: from 9:00 am (expect large crowds)

Solemnity of Pentecost

Pentecost is the fiftieth day, the first day after the “week of weeks”. In the Old Testament, that day was the anniversary of the giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, celebrated (approximately) 50 days after Easter, following the exodus from Egypt. Easter and Pentecost gave spiritual meaning to the rite of sacrificing a lamb practised by nomadic shepherds and that of the first fruits of the harvest offered by settled farmers. At Easter, Jesus, the sacrificed Lamb, redeems his Church and gives his Spirit to his disciples, but it is only 50 days after Easter that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Promise, renews the whole Church. Pentecost closes the Easter season.