Members of Archbishop Williams’ French III, French IV, and French V classes celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes in a special ceremony honoring and celebrating the healing of the sick through holy water.
Organized by the AWHS Foreign Language Department and French teacher Mme. Diane Jackson, students held a prayer service in both French and English telling the story of 14-year-old French peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous witnessing the apparition of The Blessed Virgin Mary. The students related the miracle to their classmates through readings, prayers and a video presentation.
Lourdes is a tiny village in France where The Blessed Mother appeared eighteen times to Bernadette in 1858. Working through Bernadette, Mother Mary revitalized and continues to inspire the faith of millions around the world. People visit Lourdes every year in hopes of being cured of illness through the blessings of healing and holy water. The Catholic Church confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions in 1862. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes was recognized worldwide in 1907 and in 1933, Bernadette Soubirous was declared a Saint.
At the AWHS ceremony students were truly blessed as they used Holy Water which came directly from the Lourdes spring.
Science teacher Mrs. Jane Funderburk shared her personal experience from a recent visit to the temple in the Bordeaux region of Southwestern France.
The students ended the service by praying in French to the Blessed Mother in French and then gathered as a community for refreshments.
To view a live video feed, which is broadcast 24/7 from The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France, click here: http://en.lourdes-france.org/tv-lourdes/index.ph