Liverpool Pilgrims leave for Lourdes

202182722_Lourdes01.jpg 420610768_DSC03525.JPG 886758424_Lourdes03.jpg The eighty-second annual Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, begins tomorrow, Friday, 20 July 2012.

The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, will be leading the pilgrimage travelling with over 1,300 pilgrims. 316 of the pilgrims will travel by air on two special flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport while a further 400 pilgrims have other flights or overland coaches, 102 will travel as sick pilgrims of which 80 will be in the special accommodation of the Accueil St Frai.

450 young people will be taking part in the Liverpool Youth Pilgrimage travelling by coach from Chorley, Knowsley, the Isle of Man, Leyland, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton, Warrington, Widnes and Wigan to join them. Ten coaches will be leaving from points across the Archdiocese at 7.30 am on Friday morning to begin the twenty-six hour journey. Whilst in Lourdes and immediately following this arduous journey, the young pilgrims have to get up as early as 4:30 am to work in the hospital, while others follow them down in order to push the pilgrims in wheelchairs to the different places of devotion and to Mass.

After travelling from Liverpool the pilgrimage will begin with Mass on Friday evening, which will be celebrated in the Chapel of Notre Dame de Doulours. The theme of this year’s pilgrimage is ‘Praying the Rosary with Bernadette’. On the morning of Saturday 21 July there will be a Mass of Welcome in St Bernadette’s Church attended by all the sick and helpers. On Sunday morning, 22 July, Mass will be celebrated in the Grotto, the holiest place in Lourdes, where it is believed that the Virgin Mary appeared to St Bernadette on eighteen occasions 152 years ago in 1858. Sunday afternoon and evening will see a Eucharistic procession and a Service of Reconciliation.

On Monday 23 July Mass will be celebrated in the Rosary Basilica and pilgrims will join in the traditional Marian Torchlight Procession at 9.00 pm. On Tuesday 24 July pilgrims will take part in the Stations of the Cross during the morning before Mass in St Bernadette’s church in the afternoon. On Wednesday 25 July the pilgrims will join the International Celebration of Mass in the St Pius X Basilica with others from throughout the world taking part. In the afternoon Mass will be celebrated at Bartres and in the evening there will be a Holy Hour in St Bernadette’s church. On Thursday 26 July they return to the St Pius X Basilica for the Mass of Anointing of the Sick and on Thursday afternoon the Esplandade Altar will be the setting for a Farewell Service.

As well as attending the formal services listed on the timetable there will be opportunities for the pilgrims to visit the Grotto for private prayer and for the sick pilgrims to bathe in the baths at the shrine. In the early evenings pilgrims will be able to take part in the Eucharistic Procession at 5.00 pm and later at 9.00 pm in the Marian Torchlight Procession.

The pilgrims return to Liverpool on Friday 27 July.

A copy of the full timetable is given below.

ARCHDIOCESE OF LIVERPOOL LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2012

(Times given are Central European Summer Time: CEST)

FRIDAY 20 JULY

                           Pilgrims depart from Liverpool John Lennon Airport

  8.30 pm           MASS will be celebrated in the Chapel at Notre Dame de Doulours

SATURDAY 21 JULY

10.30 am            MASS OF WELCOME will be celebrated in St Bernadette’s church

SUNDAY 22 JULY

  8.30 am            MASS will be celebrated in the Grotto
  5.00 pm            EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION and ADORATION for Liverpool pilgrims.
  9.00 pm            A SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION will be celebrated in St Bernadette’s church

MONDAY 23 JULY

  2.00 pm            MASS will be celebrated in the Rosary Basilica
  5.00 pm            EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION and ADORATION for Liverpool pilgrims.
  9.00 pm            TORCHLIGHT MARIAN PROCESSION for Liverpool pilgrims

TUESDAY 24 JULY

10.00 am            STATIONS OF THE CROSS
  2.30 pm            MASS will be celebrated in St Bernadette’s church

WEDNESDAY 25 JULY

  9.30 am             The INTERNATIONAL MASS will be celebrated in the Basilica of St Pius X
  3.00 pm             MASS will be celebrated at Bartres for Liverpool pilgrims
  9.00 pm             HOLY HOUR in St Bernadette’s church

THURSDAY 26 JULY

10.00 am             MASS OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK will be celebrated in the Basilica of St Pius X
  2.45 pm             A FAREWELL SERVICE will be celebrated at the Esplandade Altar

FRIDAY 27 JULY

  8.30 am             MASS will be celebrated in the Rosary Basilica

Pilgrims return to Liverpool