Saturday 4 July would have been the start of the 82nd Annual Diocese of Leeds Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Although not able to travel in person this year, the Diocese of Leeds Friends of Lourdes invite ALL pilgrims with a devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes to come together to pray the Rosary at the Grotto and participate in Masses between Saturday 4 July and Thursday 9 July.
Each day, Lourdes TV live-streams Mass and Devotions in English – by following the schedule in the Spiritual Pilgrimage link, you can join in live with your fellow pilgrims by visiting TV-Lourdes – and be sure to let those without internet access know that by praying the Daily Rosary and prayers at 2pm each day, they too will be participating in spirit and remembered in prayer. The Lourdes services are also available to watch afterwards on YouTube.
In a message to the Friends of Lourdes, Bishop Marcus said:
‘Lourdes has been for me personally one of the real ‘highlights’ of each year that I have been Bishop of Leeds since November 2014. I will miss greatly the time it affords me to be with the sick, together with their carers and family, the young people and all of the pilgrims. Each time, I have come away with my faith confirmed and my hope strengthened. I am already looking forward to next year when, if it pleases the Lord, we will all be able to gather again at Our Lady’s Shrine in Lourdes itself. The success of the annual pilgrimage is without doubt due to the incredible care and attention to both the collective and individual needs of the pilgrims which you and all the members of the Lourdes Hospitality team provide. Thank you for organising this invitation as a way of expressing that same care and concern for the pilgrims at this time.’
For the young people in our Catholic schools whose turn had come to go on pilgrimage – there’s virtual participation tailored for them, too. Diocese of Leeds Youth has an online Rosary introduced by Diocesan Youth Director, Fr Marc Homsey and led by a variety of school students, staff and the Youth Team.
To join in and pray with them, visit https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/youth/lourdes-pilgrimage/ Fr Marc has also offered Mass for all those who were to have been travelling to Lourdes in person – and for all who are now able to join this Pilgrimage in Spirit.
Some members of the Lourdes Youth and Hospitality Teams were able to attend Mass at Leeds Cathedral on Sunday 5 July, subject to the very strict guidelines on physical distancing and no congregational singing. Bishop Marcus celebrated the Mass for the intentions of all pilgrims, and a recording of the Lourdes Hymn was played before and after the live stream on www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk
The hymn is also available to introduce a stand-alone video on the Cathedral’s YouTube Channel: a short Homily and the Rosary, prayed by the Director of our Lourdes Pilgrimage, Fr Phillip Hall.
Fr Phillip is also very pleased to inform you that on 16 July from 7am – 10pm (French Time), the Shrine of Lourdes is hosting a full day of ‘E-Pilgrimage’ to coincide with the date of the last apparition of Mary to Bernadette. Please do connect to Lourdes on this day, when there will be many activities for us. Whilst we cannot be there in person, at least we can be in Lourdes spiritually and in solidarity with pilgrims from all over the world. May Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette pray for us!
15 hours live in 10 languages !
On the agenda :
In addition to broadcasts of the celebrations, processions, Rosaries and prayers, a new TV programme will be broadcast LIVE from the Grotto from 4pm to 6pm. The cameras will go behind the scenes of this unique place to explain its mission and religious and lay personalities will be testifying to the role that Lourdes plays in their lives.
For more information and to take part, visit https://www.lourdes-france.org/en/lourdes-united/