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2016 : Jubilee of Mercy

Logo Jubilé extraordinaire de la Miséricorde2016 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. 

 

The Youth and Family Service of the Sanctuary  will  accompany  you throughout  the  year.  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 at 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  (or  living)  works  of  Mercy:  during  our  pilgrimage  to Lourdes we are already invited to carry out certain acts, to  perform 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…)

Preparing for your pilgrimage to Lourdes

Suggested pilgrimage routes during the Jubilee of Mercy 

You are in Lourdes for 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 in Lourdes for 3 day only

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

1 st  day: Welcome Mercy with Mary

  • Get your copy of the leaflet the Jubilee Path  (Young people and Families), enter through the Door of  Mercy, visit and pray at the Grotto,  watch a video or a talk on the Message of Lourdes. 
  • 9.00 am: Mass at the Chapel of Sts Cosmas and Damian.
  • Talk  on  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 the Way of the Cross. 
  • 9.00 am: Mass at the Chapel of Sts Cosmas and Damian.
  • Tour: Discovering 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 outh 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 Merc

  • 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).