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LOURDES BY LUXURY COACH

 

The origins of the Pilgrimages to Lourdes began on February 11th 1858, when 14 year old Bernadette Soubirous saw the first of 18 apparitions of our Lady at the Grotto of Massabielle in the little town of Lourdes.

 

 

Lourdes went from being a small village in the Pyrenees to becoming the largest Catholic Pilgrimage destination in Europe. Each year millions of Pilgrams now travel to visit this special site. While in Lourdes you will have plenty of time to explore the main sites in the town as well as attending a morning mass and taking part in the nightly torchlight procession.

The Sanctury of our Lady of Lourdes, where the sacred Grotto and the two Basilicas are located, embraces 22 places of worship and numerous facilities for the Pilgrims and the sick, as well as the spring that began to flow from the spot, dug by Bernadette on our Lady's instructions.

 

 

Today more than five million people stand before that same rock each year, seeking healing in a place that has become synonymous with miracles. They light candles, march in procession and drink from the water that flows from the grotto. Most of all they pray, following the example set by the simple peasant girl who was transfixed by a radiant vision of light on that February day.

 

VISITING

Lourdes 

 

FROM €789pp

 

 

Package Includes:

 Return Luxury Coach Transport

Professional Driver/ Guide who will act as tour manager for your group

 7 Nights Hotel Accommodation

 7 Evening meals

 7 Breakfasts

 Morning Mass and Evening Torchlight Procession in Lourdes

Day excursions

  Visit to La Rochelle 

 

ITINERARY

 

 

Day 1 – Arrive Lourdes

Check in at Dublin airport for our Ryanair flight to Tarbes airport in Lourdes. Following our arrival at Tarbes airport, we will make our way to the baggage claim area and collect our luggage. We will proceed to the arrival’s hall, where our guide will be waiting to bring you to your coach for you transfer to Lourdes. On arrival in Lourdes, we will check-in to the Hotel Helgon and relax before dinner, which is usually served around 7pm, After dinner, we can take a short walk down to the Sanctuary to observe the candlelight procession and to pray the Rosary.

Candlelight procession

The candlelight procession begins at 9pm each evening and is a very special part of our pilgrimage where all nations from around the world come together to unite in prayer. On the 18th February 1858, the day of the third Apparition, one of the two people accompanying Bernadette came carrying a candle. After this, Bernadette herself always came with a lit candle. It marks the beginning of this long historical event in Lourdes. During the Procession, and depending on the day, pilgrims recite one of the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful or Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. At the beginning of each decade, a few words in several languages are given to direct prayer so that it does not become a monotonous repetition. The Ave Maria and other hymns can be heard in many languages. In the serenity of the evening, each pilgrim carries his or her own personal intentions as the prayer gathers the assembly “of all nations, people and languages” with the Virgin Mary. At the end of an evening procession on the 14th August 1983, Pope John Paul II said, “In this peaceful night we keep watch, we pray, no longer in the secret of our hearts, but as a great crowd on the move, following the risen Jesus Christ, each one lighting the way for the other”.

Day 2 – Walking Tour 
This morning after breakfast we will depart as a group and make our way to celebrate our first Mass of the pilgrimage. Over the next few days all our intentions, the intentions we carry from friends and family will be offered up at each Mass. Following Mass, we will make our way to the sanctuary area where we will have a detailed orientation tour and Our guide will explain where and why the Rosary Basilica was built and introduce us to the confessional chapel and the baths area. We will return to the hotel for Lunch which is usually served at 1pm. After lunch we generally meet with our guide at our hotel to embark on the walking tour which follows in the footsteps of St Bernadette. We begin at the cemetery where her parents are buried and walk back in time to visit the Boly Mill, the birthplace of St. Bernadette and the “Cachot” an abandoned prison where she and her impoverish family lived. During the walking tour we will hopefully get the sense of how the apparitions had such an impact on the family and this small village of Lourdes. After our walk we can take some free time to go back to the sanctuary area for some time of personal prayer before attending the blessing of the sick.After dinner we will take part in the evening programme as per the Sanctuary schedule which is optional for those who wish to attend the Rosary and the candlelight procession, beginning at 9pm.

Blessed Sacrament Procession

Each day at 5pm we will have an opportunity as pilgrims to walk with the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament reminds us all that Jesus is truly walking among us and that Our Lady is always drawing us back to her Son. The Procession starts in the Prairie of the Sanctuary and finishes in the Basilica of Saint Pius X in time for Adoration and Blessing of all Pilgrims. This is an optional part of the programme, and will generally not be accompanied by the guide.

Day 3 – Optional Gavarnie trip

After breakfast this morning we will gather for Mass after Mass we will have free time for some personal prayer and reflection. After lunch there will be an optional trip to Gavarnie which works out approximately €22 per person return. Gavarnie is situated high in the Pyrenees and has beautiful walking trails and scenery. We return by coach to our hotel for dinner at 7pm. After dinner we can take the short walk to the sanctuary to take part in the evening programme at 9pm.

Day 4 – Baths & Bartres 
After a restful night’s sleep, we leave the hotel as a group and take a visit to the baths. After lunch there is an optional trip to Bartres which works out at approximately €15 per person return for the coach trip. Bernadette holds a special place for Bartres in her heart as it was where she stayed and studied the Catechism to prepare her to receive first Holy Communion. As a group we will celebrate Holy Mass in the chapel where Bernadette prayed. We shall return to our hotel for dinner at 7pm. After dinner this evening we again have an opportunity to take part in the evening programme as per the Sanctuary schedule.

Baths

The baths are a major highlight in Lourdes. Don’t worry about feeling nervous. This is a very relaxing and stress-free time. It’s a time to bring our intentions and needs to Our Lady and her Son. The baths are, for many, a place of physical and spiritual healing and a conversion of heart. (The baths may be very busy depending on the day or time and we may need to return on an alternative day. Our guide will advise the group of this.)

Day 5 – Group Candle Lighting

Our day begins with a delicious breakfast in our hotel. After breakfast we will proceed to the candle area where we will light our group candle and pray for everyone’s intentions on the pilgrimage. Return to our hotel for lunch. This afternoon will be free in Lourdes. After dinner we again have an opportunity to take part in the evening ceremonies.

Day 6 – Grotto & Stations of the Cross 
We will begin today at the most sacred site at the sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, the grotto where Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858. During our time at the Grotto we can walk in and around the Grotto area placing our hands on the grotto walls where the original spring is still visible. There is also an intentions box situated within the Grotto area where we can leave our intentions. After lunch we will meet up as a group at the Crown Virgin statue with our guide and participate in the High or Low stations of the cross. The high stations are life size figures which re-enact the passion of Christ. They are located at the top of the Rosary basilica hill and will take approximately 1.5hr to complete. The low stations are located across from the baths area and have been designed to facilitate anybody who may have any walking difficulties. Both the high and low stations are an opportunity to experience Christ’s unconditional love for us all as we pray together on the passion through Our Lady’s eyes. Once we have finished the stations we will take a visit to Cite St Pierre where will celebrate Mass together. After dinner we again have an opportunity to take part in the evening programme as per the Sanctuary schedule.

Lourdes Grotto

It was here while gathering wood that Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858. During the first two apparitions, little Bernadette prayed the Rosary with Our Lady and left without any exchange of words. During one of Our Lady’s visits to Bernadette, She announced herself saying “I am the Immaculate Conception”. Throughout the following apparitions, Our Lady emphasised God's love for us, penance and the necessity of performing acts of penance for sinners.

Day 7 – Free time

After enjoying breakfast at our hotel, we will have free time for our own personal intentions. Feel free to return to the healing baths or sit in the quiet of the grotto area. After lunch we will depart to celebrate Mass . After dinner can take part in the evening programme in the sanctuary area.

Day 8 - Depart Lourdes

After our Farewell Mass as a group, there will be a chance for some last-minute shopping or personal prayer before transferring by our luxury coach to Tarbes airport for your return flight home.

*It is our intention to follow the itinerary as outlined above, however due to many factors like local holidays, traffic or weather conditions it may be necessary to make changes to the order of events or even the cancelation of certain events.

 

 

 

 

 

Price includes Luxury Coach + Accomodation HB/B&B + Walking Tour

*Accommodation subject to availability and a minimum of 25 people travelling. Price per person based on twin share. Single supplement €220

 


 

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