Friday, February 11, 2011

Our Lady of Lourdes

'I promise you happiness not in this world, but in the other.'"

Quote source EWTN

Blessed be the holy and Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Our Mother, have pity on us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, heal us, for the love and honor of the Holy Trinity.
Our Lady of Lourdes, heal us, for he conversion of sinners.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Succor of sufferers, pray for us.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

(The above invocations were actually said at Lourdes).

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Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes

O ever immaculate Virgin,
Mother of mercy,
health of the sick,
refuge of sinners,
comfort of the afflicted,
you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings,
deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. 
By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes,
you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary,
whence you dispense your favors, and
already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities,
both spiritual and corporal.
I come, therefore,
with the most unbounded confidence, to implore your maternal intercession.
Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests.
Through gratitude for your favors,
I will endeavor to imitate your virtues,
that I may one day share your glory.

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O my Mother,
O immaculate,
O pure, O holy, O spotless
virgin Mary!
if& we only knew thee,
how many hearts would cease to be wicked,
how many souls viewing the dazzling splendors of they graces
would hasten to walk in thy footsteps.
Then O dear Mother, show thyself to the world,
lost in the darkness of sin.
O resplendent Morning Star,
remove from our eyes the veil which sin has placed there;
open them to the divine light and
may its heavenly influence blot out our stains,
enliven our actions, and increase in our hearts a pure and ardent love for Jesus,
thy Divine Son, by the sweet and delightful tears of holy penance.
O Mary, thy immaculate heart was Jesus' earthy home;
deign to make my heart also His home.
O Mary, be by me when Jesus comes to judge me.
May my last words in this life and my first in the next be
"Jesus, my Savior; and Mary, my Mother."

- Above prayer source: The Prayer Book, The Catholic Press

The above quote is from an editorial which appeared in the Catholic weekly America, January 1958. Source: Bernadette and the Beautiful Lady by Frances Parkinson Keyes, A Woman Clothed with the Sun, Image Books

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"Few indeed are those who...are present as eyewitnesses of one of those rare but terribly real occurrences in which the omnipotence of God strikes through the shadows of time and space to bind up and heal the broken bodies of men.  But the evidence of these visitations is indisputable.  During the last century it has pleased God so to visit His people time after time at a remote grotto in the French foothills of the Pyrénées, where the Blessed Virgin Mother of God appeared in 1858 to little Bernadette Soubirous.  God of course chooses His own time and places and occasions for the miraculous, but His power shines forth  most frequently where His Mother is honored and venerated." 

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Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes

O Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes,
may your beauty and your smile warm our hearts!

That is your call for repentance you find us available and generous!
That our communities rely on the faith of Peter and commit to follow Christ!
By your Immaculate Conception do we hope to rediscover innocence and desire holiness!
May the light of Easter rekindle in us the flame of charity!
Mary, Queen of Peace:
look to the people who are victims of war!
Mary, "salus infirmorum":
give to the sick, strength and hope!
Mary, you who have experienced poverty:
come to aid, to help the poorest!
Mary, Mother of the Church:
like you that everyone says: yes" to the call of God!
Mary, Mother of God:
Help us to sing the Magnificat
since the Kingdom of God is open!

Say the prayer of the novena.
Pray a decade of the rosary followed by
- Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us
- Saint Bernadette, pray for us!
-O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.

Source: Prayer card from Lourdes . At the website you can watch live webcam at Lourdes and also place your prayer intentions at the shrine.

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Prayer and Quotes by St. Bernadette

O My God, I beg You, by Your loneliness,
not that You may spare me afflictions,
but that You may not abandon me in it.
When I encounter afflication,
teach me to see You in it as my
sole comforter.
Let alliction strengthn my faith,
fortify my heope,
and purify my love.
Grant me the grace to see Your hand in my affliction, and
to desire no other comforter but You.

"What will be the crown of those who, humble within and humiliated without, have imitated the humility of our Savior in all its fullness!"

"I must be holy, because my Jesus wants it."

Source Catholic Prayer Cards

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