Our Lady of Lourdes

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United States of America


Our Lady of Lourdes is the Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary in honor of the Marian apparitions that occurred in Lourdes, France in 1858. The first of these apparitions appeared to a young 14-year old girl Bernadette Soubirous. Bernadette was a sickly child of poor parents. They hardly practiced their Catholic faith. She knew the main prayers of the faith but not much else. She told her mother that a “lady” spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle while she was out doing chores. Many people interrogated her and what she said was truly stunning. She said she saw “something white in the shape of a girl…a pretty young girl with a rosary over her arm”. Allegedly, Bernadette also said her white robe had blue accents and she had a yellow rose on each foot. The Virgin Mother appeared to her and spoke with respect and dignity.  Seventeen other similar apparitions were reported that year until the revelation of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception took place. In 1862 Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions and an organization of Our Lady of the Lourdes diocese was created. The Catholic Church has recognized over 60 miraculous cures even though there are believed to be many more. People of faith will not be surprised by this because they believe that their Lord and savior Jesus Christ is continuing his healing miracles from above. Our Lady of Lourdes is recognized as the patron Saint of bodily ills. This would explain why so many cases of healings have been reported. In Philadelphia in early 1894 a parish in dedication to Our lady of the Lourdes was built. The original name of the parish was St. Mary Magdalene Parish. When Father Mullin became aware of his new position at this parish he immediately wanted to dedicate it to Our Lady of the Lourdes. However, Archbishop Ryan felt that too many parishes in the area were already dedicated under the Our Lady patronage. However, a man in Los Angeles, Hugh F. Sullivan wrote a letter to the Archbishop and wanted the new church to be named Our Lady of the Lourdes and included $2000. During WWII, the church was greatly affected just like parishes all over the country. The duty of the church changed as more support was needed for the war. Through all the clutter and chaos during WWII, Rome had selected Monsignor Hyland to be the Auxiliary Bishop of Savannah-Atlanta, in Georgia. Monsignor Hyland was appointed to the Philadelphia area and was just about only able to change the pitch and tone of the church bells before Rome called on him to move onto Georgia. On Christmas in 2004 the church celebrated joyously as they had their first midnight mass for the first time in many years. This has helped to pump more life into the once dying parish. There are no doubt people who doubt the apparitions of Mary at Lourdes but for people of faith, nothing is impossible.


Researched by Scott A. Vater

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Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women. 
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.

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