THE EUCHARIST PROCESSION
From April to October, every day at 5.00 pm, Christ in the Eucharist is accompanied in procession from the prairie podium, in front of the Grotto, to the Basilica of St. Pius X, where adoration and blessing of the sick and of the pilgrims concludes with an important celebratory moment of the day.
The meeting of the pilgrims and the sick at about 4:40 pm is at the prairie, in front of the Grotto.
The Holy Host adored throughout the day at the tent of worship becomes the center of prayer and adoration of the pilgrimage journey.
From there the procession, rich in symbols, accompanies the Eucharist to St. Pius X. The Bishop of Lourdes, as always, wants to put Christ at the center of the pilgrimage. Mary is an instrument to get to the Son. The Eucharistic procession becomes a daily witness of this centrality.
MARIAN PROCESSION WITH TORCHES (AUX FLABEAUX)
It takes place from April to October, every day at 9.00 pm.
The Light, the Rosary, a crowd of many nations are the dominant elements of this celebration.
The people of God walking in prayer, it starts from the Grotto of the Apparitions to reach the large esplanade and receive the blessing of the Bishop and priests present.
The procession is animated by the recitation of the Rosary and the singing of the Ave Maria (in all languages): this song so dear to us was composed in 1873 on an ancient melody of the Pyrenees.
The Rosary, a Marian prayer par excellence, gives pace to the step of the pilgrim, every evening pondering the different mysteries, and journeying with Mary, we put into practice her will: “I wish people to come here in procession.”
It is certainly a very strong moment for the pilgrimage and characterizes this place of prayer as far back as August 28th, 1872. This moment for all of us pilgrims is “the festival of light”.
THE INTERNATIONAL MASS IN ST PIUS X
It is celebrated every Wednesday and Sunday at 9:30 am at the Underground Basilica of St. Pius X.
The Eucharistic international celebration is proposal twice a week from the Liturgical Service of Sanctuary and it wants to gather all the pilgrims of every race and language around the Lord’s Table.
This celebration expresses the universality of the Church and it is definitely a moment rich in symbols and liturgical animation particularly cared.
The Holy Mass is celebrated in the language of the pilgrims present in the majority, but the internationality is guaranteed by the use of multiple languages in the celebration, to understand them there are also technical supports used to follow the lyrics and translations in big screens specially predisposed.
On Sunday, at the end of the celebration, you culminate with the Angelus at the Grotto, where you go in procession at 11:30 am.