The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes celebrates the Immaculate Conception on December 8

Communiqué from the Sanctuary: “During the 13th Apparition, on March 25, 1858, the Virgin Mary reveals her name to Bernadette Soubirous: “ Que soy era Immaculada Councepciou (“ I am the Immaculate Conception“).

The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, the Mother of God, was preserved from all sin from the first moment of her conception, in her mother’s womb. Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma in 1854, four years before the “Belle Dame” of Massabielle thus presented herself to Bernadette.

Every December 8the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

35,000 roses will be left at the Grotto.

The Sanctuary of Lourdes offers everyone drop a white rose at the feet of Our Lady of Lourdes. In 2021, more than 35,000 roses were offered to the Virgin December 8 at the Grotto of the Apparitions.

The rose has been associated with Our Lady of Lourdes since the first Apparition where she appears adorned with a yellow rose on each foot. Father Peyramale, perplexed by the request of the Lady of a chapel, had the idea of ​​asking for a sign and transmitted to Bernadette Soubirous his expectation: “Well ! if she wants the chapel, let her say her name and let the rose bush in the grotto bloom!He even adds:If she says her name, and if she makes the rose bush bloom, we’ll have a chapel built for her, and she won’t be very small, go! She will be great!(Laurentin, Bernadette speaks to you)

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Believers around the world are invited to join spiritually in this event…

A novena of prayer to the Immaculate Conception is proposed by the Sanctuary of the November 30 to December 8.

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Wednesday, December 7
8:30 p.m. : marian procession torchlight
Thursday, December 8
10am : international mass at the underground basilica of Saint Pius X chaired by Bishop Jean-Marc MicasBishop of Tarbes and Lourdes and in the presence of the rector of the Sanctuary, the Father Michel Daubanes
Live broadcast on KTO TV and TV LOURDES.
11:30 a.m. : floral tribute to the Grotto
Live broadcast on KTO TV and TV LOURDES
2:30 p.m. : Ode to the Immaculate, musical meditation animated by the cantors and the musicians of the Sanctuary, at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary
3:30 p.m. : Rosary at the Grotto
4:30 p.m. : Vespers followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Blessing of the Blessed Sacrament at the Basilica of Saint Pius X
8:30 p.m. : Marian torchlight procession

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December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope traditionally deposits in Rome, Spanish Steps, a bouquet of flowers at the foot of a marble column, more than 11 meters high and supporting a statue of Mary which pays homage to her Immaculate Conception.

In Lourdes, at the very place where the Virgin said: ” I am the Immaculate Conception“, the Sanctuary is associated with this tradition. Thousands of roses will be placed in the Grotto at the feet of Notre-Dame, to pay her the same homage and thus prolong Bernadette’s joy, saying: ” she had a yellow rose on each foot, the color of her rosary chain”.


After traveling the United States (February-July) then the United Kingdom (September-October), the reliquary returns on pilgrimage to France from December 1 to 14, 2022and will visit the dioceses of Montpellier, Nîmes, Lyon and Marseille.

The relics of Saint Bernadette will be in Lyon on December 8 (Saint-Jean primatial), December 9 (Saint-Irénée church) and December 10 (Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière).

This pilgrimage of Bernadette in France, within the framework of the Our Lady of Lourdes Missionsis an initiative of the National Pilgrimage of the Assumptionthe association and the Notre-Dame de Salut Hospitality, with the support of the Assumption Family, in connection with the reception centers and the diocesan Hospitalities.

The National Pilgrimage will celebrate its 150th anniversary in Lourdes from August 11 to 16, 2023.

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