Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Bernadette In Bartrès...

St. Bernadette spent quite a bit of time in Bartrès, first as a baby (when her mother was unable to nurse her, due to an accident) and then just before the Apparitions, when Bernadette worked as a shepherdess. It was the departure of the priest at Bartrès to a monastery which prompted Bernadette's return to Lourdes, because she realised that she would never be able to make her First Holy Communion there.

We will be having Mass in the parish church at 11am - a Missa Cantata, though we're a little short on singers this year. Still, I'm sure we'll manage!

At 4pm we plan to join the recitation of the Rosary at the Grotto, followed by the blessing of children - Fr. Tim has done this in previous years. Then, at 5:15pm, we'll split into two groups for the Stations of the Cross. The more energetic and agile pilgrims will head off to the high stations on the Espelugues Hill, while those of us who are somewhat more fragile will content ourselves with following the lower stations on the far side of the Gave.

Once again, everything finishes off with the torchlight procession.

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