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2016 : Jubilee of Mercy

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2016  is  a  special  year  because  Pope  Francis has  proclaimed  it  a  Jubilee  of  Mercy.  This  Jubilee started on 8 December 2015 on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and will close on Sunday the Feast of Christ the King 2016.

By  decree  of  Mgr Brouwet,  the  Sanctuary of  Lourdes  is an official centre  for  the  Jubilee.  A Door  of  Mercy  was consequently  opened  on  8  December.  Throughout  the Jubilee, it will be the sign and the entrance to the places in the  Sanctuary  where  you  may  experience  the  love  of  God who consoles, pardons and instils hope.

 
To live out this special year of grace, a leaflet – “The Jubilee Path” - specially
written for young people and families, will  be  available  at  the  Information
Centre or the Door of Mercy in the Sanctuary. It will help you make the most of the important stages of your Jubilee pilgrimage as recommended by the Pope, in particular when embracing mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation – the Sacrament of mercy par excellence. This Jubilee should also help us to become “Merciful like the Father” and live out the Beatitude of Mercy – “Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them”. 

In  the ‘pilgrimage’ of  our  life,  the  pilgrimage  to  Lourdes  is  a  special  moment  to experience the happiness of mercy. Lourdes is also a special place to encounter  divine  Mercy.  Through  the grace of the Apparitions to Bernadette, the  Virgin  Mary  demonstrated  her great care for us, poor sinners. Her exhortation fully expresses this: "Pray God for the conversion of sinners". This year, as she did for Bernadette, the Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy shows us the way towards the merciful Heart of Jesus. She invites us to discover and embrace Mercy through encountering the love of God, in the Eucharist, confession and personal prayer.  Once we have embraced mercy, we can draw on it and allow it to flow through us by  spiritual  and  corporal  works  of  Mercy:  during  our  pilgrimage  to  Lourdes  we  are already invited to carry out certain acts, to do some works of mercy (i.e.: pray for sinners, visit the sick in the Accueil ND, ‘visit’ a person living alone by sending them a postcard, help out in the Sanctuary…). 

SUGGESTED PILGRIMAGE ROUTES DURING THE JUBILEE OF MERCY

YOU ARE IN LOURDES 1 DAY ONLY:

According to the time available to you, here are some suggestions on what you can do in
one day:

  •  Get your copy of the leaflet of the Jubilee Path  (Young people and Families) ; enter through the Door of Mercy.
  • Visit and pray at the Grotto
  • Receive Mercy in the Sacrament of  Reconciliation (Chapel of Reconciliation:  
  • 10.00 am-11.15 am / 2.30 pm-6.00 pm)
  • 9.00 am : Mass at the Chapel of Sts Cosmas and Damian 
  • Drink the water at the taps and go to the Baths 
  • 2.30 pm: Rosary at the Grotto in English on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • 3.30 pm:  Rosary at the Grotto in French every day
  • A Talk on the subject of Mercy
  • 5.00 pm : Eucharistic Procession
  • Carry out a “work of Mercy”, an act of charity: light a candle, visit a Residence for
  • the Sick, and take the time to write a postcard to a lonely or elderly person…
  • 9.00 pm: Marian Torchlight Procession or Youth Prayer Vigil  (Saint Joseph’s Chapel: every
  • Thursday in April / Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August).

If you have more time, you can also watch a video on the message of Lourdes, do the Way of the Cross, pray the Rosary at the Grotto, take a guided tour such as “ in Bernadette’s footsteps “, or  “Discovering the Sanctuary”…, spend some time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Adoration Chapel), pray the Rosary of Divine Mercy...

 YOU ARE ON PILGRIMAGE FOR 3 DAYS:

Here are some suggestions for your pilgrimage, day by day:  

1 st   day : Welcome Mercy with Mary

  • Get your copy of the leaflet of the Jubilee Path  (Young people and Families) , enter through the Door of Mercy, visit and pray at the Grotto, watch a Video, or attend a talk on the Message of Lourdes. 
  • 9.00 am: Mass at the Chapel of Sts Cosmas and Damian.
  • Talk on the subject of Mercy, Rosary at the Grotto and/or Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • 9.00  pm:  Marian  Torchlight  Procession  or  Youth  Prayer  Vigil  (Saint Joseph’s Chapel: every Thursday in April / Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August).

2 nd  Day : Merciful like the Father

  • Water  gesture:  Drink  at  the  taps  and  go  to  the  Baths  or  Way  of  the Cross.
  • 9.00 am: Mass at the Chapel of Sts Cosmas and Damian.
  • Tour: Discovery of the Sanctuary or In Bernadette’s Footsteps or visit of one of the Residences for the Sick.
  • 5.00 pm : Eucharistic Procession
  • 9.00  pm:  Marian  Torchlight  Procession  or  Youth  Prayer  Vigil  (Saint Joseph’s Chapel: every Thursday in April / Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August).

3 rd  Day : Become a witness to Mercy

  • Mass of God’s Mercy (Basilica of St Pius X at 9.30 am – Wednesdays and Sundays). 
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament or Way of the Cross. 
  • Visit the ‘Pavilions’: Vocations, Missions…  (avenue Sempé–St Michael’s gate).  
  • Carry out a spiritual and/or corporal “work of Mercy”: pray for sinners, for  those  who  suffer,  light  a  candle  or  telephone  a  lonely  or  elderly person… 
  • 9.00  pm:  Marian  Torchlight  Procession  or  Youth  Prayer  Vigil  (Saint Joseph’s Chapel: every Thursday in April / Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August).