Experiencing Holy Week in Lourdes

Published on 25 March 2022 - 11:17

The season of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday, 2nd March, leads us to the feast of Easter, which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes calls us to celebrate this joy in these times when our peace is threatened. Let us ask the Lord, through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, to renew in us confidence, hope and peace of heart.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!

For Catholics, Holy Week is the last week of Lent. It begins with Palm Sunday, 10th April, which recalls the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem. It includes Maundy Thursday, when Jesus instituted the Eucharist during the Last Supper, and Good Friday, the day of Christ’s Passion and death on the Cross. It ends with the Easter Vigil during the night of Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday when the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated. All the timetables can be found below.

 Palm Sunday 10th April

Saturday 9th April at 6:30 p.m. vigil mass in the Rosary Basilica

  • 7:00 a.m.: Mass in the Crypt
    8:00 a.m.: Adoration in the Adoration Chapel
  • 9.00 am Chapel of Sᵗ Jean-Marie Vianney
    9:30 a.m.: International Mass in the Basilica of Saint Pius X
    10 a.m.: Mass at the Grotto, live on TV Lourdes
    11:15 a.m.: Mass in the Rosary Basilica
    3 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in English, live on TV Lourdes
    3:30 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in French, live on TV Lourdes
    4:15 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in Spanish, live on TV Lourdes
    6 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in Italian, live on TV Lourdes
    6:30 p.m.: Mass in the Rosary Basilica

9 p.m.: Marian procession presided over by the rector of the Sanctuary

A light for peace and fraternity in the city of Lourdes
Illumination of the Sanctuary and the castle
With the cast of the Bernadette of Lourdes musical.

Maundy Thursday 14th April

8:30 a.m. Tenebrae, Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary
3 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in English, live on TV Lourdes
3:30 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in French, live on TV Lourdes and KTO
4:15 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in Spanish, live on TV Lourdes
6 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in Italian, live on TV Lourdes
8:30 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of Saint Pius X Broadcast on Lourdes TV
(No processions today)

Good Friday 15th April

8:30 a.m. Tenebrae, Rosary Basilica
Confessions: 10.00 am – 12.00 & 3.30 pm – 6.00 pm 3:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross on the esplanade Broadcast on Lourdes TV
3 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in English, live on TV Lourdes
3:30 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in French, live on TV Lourdes and KTO
4:15 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in Spanish, live on TV Lourdes
6 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in Italian, live on TV Lourdes
From 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Penitential service in the Rosary Basilica
8:30 p.m. Celebration of the Passion, Basilica of Saint Pius X Broadcast on TV Lourdes
(No processions today)

Easter Vigil Holy Saturday 16th April

8:30 a.m. Tenebrae, Rosary Basilica
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Penitential service in the Rosary Basilica
3 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in English, live on TV Lourdes
3:30 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in French, live on TV Lourdes and KTO
4:15 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in Spanish, live on TV Lourdes
6 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in Italian, live on TV Lourdes
9:00 p.m. Easter Vigil in the Basilica of Saint Pius X Broadcast on TV Lourdes
(No processions today)

Easter Sunday 17th April

7:00 a.m. Mass in the Crypt
8:00 a.m. Mass in the Adoration Chapel
9.00 am Chapel of Sᵗ Cosmas and Damian
10:00 a.m. Mass in the Basilica of St. Pius X followed by the Angelus at the Grotto (in a change to normal scheduling there is no mass at the Grotto) Broadcast on TV Lourdes
11:15 a.m. Mass in the Rosary Basilica
3 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in English, live on TV Lourdes
3:30 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in French, live on TV Lourdes and KTO
4:15 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in Spanish, live on TV Lourdes
6 p.m.: Rosary at the Grotto in Italian, live on TV Lourdes
6:30 p.m. Mass in the Rosary Basilica

Let us pray

Let us place ourselves in the hands of God and prepare our hearts for the joy of Easter with a prayer from Saint Bernadette.


Prayer of a poor beggar to Jesus
“O Jesus, give me I pray
the bread of humility,
the bread of obedience,
the bread of charity,
the bread of strength to break my will, and make it one with yours,
the bread of interior mortification,
the bread of detachment from creatures,
the bread of patience to bear the suffering my heart endures.
Jesus, You want me to be crucified, fiat,
the bread of strength to suffer as I ought,
the bread of seeing you alone in all things and at all times.
Jesus, Mary, the Cross, I want no other friends but these.”

Prayer of a poor beggar to Jesus – Bernadette Soubirous, Personal notes, p. 17.