This year 2018, 11 th February will be more important than usual: it will not only be the XXVI World Day of the Sick, but will also celebrate 160 years since the first apparition of Mary at the Grotto. These are both strong symbols that, on this day, faith, hope and charity will be powerful means by which we can overcome all forms of suffering. Make an act of love by having a candle lit for yourself or your loved ones, and we will let them know via a personalised email. All candles will be lit from February 11 th onwards.
Message of Father André Cabes, Rector of the Sanctuary
During most of the apparitions, when Bernadette went to the Grotto, she carried a candle in her hand. Since then, lighting candles in Lourdes, especially for thesick, has remained a custom, a tradition. I invite you to recreate this gesture on the occasion of the 11 th February, 2018 thinking of those relatives of yours who are sick or suffering emotional distress. Have a candle lit for those people you know and who are in your prayers.Starting on February 11 th we will light a candle for them on your behalf. If you wish, we can also send them an email to inform them of the gesture you’ve made. Pass on, share, and spread this message among all your contacts and via your networks! I entrust you to Our Lady of Lourdes and assure you of my prayers.