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Page6 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 On Thursday, February 11, the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (Notre-Dame de Lourdes) celebrating the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to a poor, fourteen- year-old girl, Bernadette Soubiroux, in the region of Hautes Pyrenees. The first apparition occurred Febru- ary 11, 1858. There were eighteen in all; the last took place July 16 of the same year. During the apparitions, Bernadette of- ten fell into an ecstasy, the vision she saw was that of a young and beautiful lady. Bernadette was the only one who saw the vision, although sometimes many stood there with her. Now and then the apparition spoke to her yet she was the only one who heard the voice. One day she was told to drink of a fountain, in the grotto itself, the exist- ence of which was unknown, and of which there was no sign, but which immediately gushed forth. On another occasion the vision asked Bernadette to go and tell the priests she wished a chapel to be built on the spot and Our Lady of Lourdes by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari processions to be made to the grotto. It was on Thursday, March 25th, during the 16th apparition that the vision fi- nally revealed her name, Bernadette recounted; "She lifted up her eyes to heaven, joined her hands as though in prayer, that were held out and open towards the ground and said to me: Que soy era Immaculada Concepciou (I am the Im- maculate Conception). At first the clergy were incredulous yet, it was only four years later, in 1862, that the bishop of the diocese declared the faithful "justi- fied in believing the reality of the apparition". A basilica was built upon the rock of Massabielle by M. Peyra- male, the parish priest. In 1873 the great "na- tional" French pilgrimages were inaugurated. Three years later the basilica was consecrated and the statue solemnly crowned. In 1883 the foundation stone of an- other church was laid, as the first was no longer large enough. It was built at the foot of the basilica and was consecrated in 1901 and called the Church of the JG BAFFO, LLC Certified Public Accountant INCOME TAX PREPARATION Individuals Businesses John G Baffo, CPA Lewis Wharf, Bay 217, Boston, MA 02110 Rosary. Pope Leo XIII autho- rized a special office and a Mass, in commemoration of the apparition, and in 1907 Plus X extended the obser- vance of this feast to the entire Church; it is now observed on February 11. By 1908, fifty years after the apparitions, more than five million pilgrims visited Lourdes, never has a sanc- tuary attracted such num- bers. They came from many countries and from every walk of life. But more re- markable still than the crowd of pilgrims is the series of wonderful cures, both spiri- tual and from bodily disease that have taken place at the celebrated sanctuary. Each year more than 6 million people visit Lourdes, France, one of the world's most important pilgrimage sites. During a pilgrimage to Lourdes, visitors can tour the shrine, which includes three breathtaking basili- cas, and take a walking tour that traces the life of St. Bernadette. The Shrine at Lourdes includes the Basilica of St. Plus X, the world's largest underground church, and a running spring, which has flowed uninterrupted since 1858. The solemn declaration by Bishop Laurence, the Bishop of Tarbes at the time of the apparitions, can be read on a marble slab on the right hand side after entering the Upper Basilica "We judge: that Mary Immaculate, the Mother of God, really did ap- pear to Bernadette Soubirous, on eighteen occasions from 11th February 1858 at the Grotto of MassabieUe, near the town of Lourdes; that these Apparitions bear the charac- teristics of truth; that the faithful can believe them as true. We humbly submit our judgment to the judgment of the Sovereign Pontif_~, who is responsible for governing the Universal Church". This was a major declara- tion by the Bishop of Tarbes: four years after the Appari- tions, on 18% January 1862, he recognized these appari- tions as authentic in the name @f the Church. Once again the 18 appari- tions took place from Febru- ary 11~ to July 16th, 1858. ,/ Rapino Memorial Home 9 Chelsea St., East Boston 617-567-1380 ~i " Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home 917 Bennington St. East Boston 617-569-0305 ACCEPTING Advertisements Dino C. Manca ALL THAT ZAZZ b_____yy Mary N. 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