Thursday, May 05, 2011

Ave Maria

Bernadette Soubirous, saint of Lourdes, France stood for the merits of prayer, penance, poverty and church.  The nightly procession at the Basilica of the Immaculate Concepcion in Lourdes, France at 9PM is attended by thousands of devotees praying the rosary for two hours in several European languages.  It is led by the physically challenged assisted by the volunteers of the Order of Malta.  After each mystery, Ave Maria is sung and candles are raised at the mention of “Maria.”  Procession is serious and solemn, a fitting tribute to our Lady.

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