The sanctuary of Lourdes celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception every year on 8th December. The International Mass this year 2017 will take place in the Basilica of St. Pius X at 10.00am. After the Eucharistic celebration a floral tribute to the Virgin Mary will take place at the Grotto. Faithful from all over the world are invited to be part of this event by offering a rose to Mary (via our online form) and by praying the Rosary.
Floral tribute to the Virgin Mary: participate!
A floral tribute will be paid to the Virgin Mary on 8th December the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at the Grotto in the Sanctuary of Lourdes, the very spot where the Apparition revealed her name on 25th March 1858: I am the Immaculate Conception. “I invite you to be part of this floral tribute to the Immaculate Conception on her Feast day 8th December”, says Father André Cabes, Rector of the Sanctuary. “Mary, who appeared in Lourdes with a rose on each foot, invites us to make the world blossom by our prayers united to hers. I thank you most sincerely for being part of this gesture. I assure you of our prayers for your intentions and I ask you, in turn, to pray for me. On the same day, as every year in Rome, the Homaggio Floreale all'Immacolata , a floral tribute to the Immaculate will take place. During this ceremony many Romans, including the Pope, decorate the statue of the Immaculate Conception in the Plaza de España with flowers. It is located near the Basilica of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte.
World prayer chain: join it!
Simultaneously on all continents an immense prayer chain will be organised at the initiative of the Family of Our Lady of Lourdes. The programme includes attendance at Mass and recitation of the Rosary.
Those who wish or feel called to do so, can join this prayer chain, either by participating in the Rosary in Lourdes (2:30pm in French, 6.00pm in Italian, live on TV Lourdes), or by gathering in their parishes, seminaries, congregations, monasteries, families, etc., to recite it, for example after having participated together in the Mass of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The members of the Family of Our Lady of Lourdes and the 3,200 Padre Pio prayer groups in some 60 countries will participate actively in this Rosary prayer chain of the Immaculate Conception. Saint Padre Pio used to say, "Let us love the Virgin Mary and let her be loved. Always pray the Rosary!"
If you wish to participate in this prayer chain to the Immaculate Conception as a parish, seminary, congregation, monastery, prayer group, family, or individual, you can notify us by sending a personal email (specifying your town and country): Send an email informing us of your participation
The prayer to the Immaculate Conception proposed by the Padre Pio prayer groups for this 8th December will be sent to you by return a few days before the Feast day.