The 11th February is the World Day of the Sick and we will be anointing the sick during our Masses.
Our Lady of Lourdes is the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in honour of the Marian apparitions that occurred in 1858 in the vicinity of Lourdes in France. The first of these is the apparition of 11 February 1858, when 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous told her mother that a “lady” spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle (a kilometre and a half from the town) while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Our Lady of Lourdes is the Patron Saint of bodily ills, sick people and protection from diseases
Under Your protection we seek refuge, Immaculate Virgin of Lourdes, who are the perfect model of creation according to God’s original plan. To you, on this day, we entrust the sick, the elderly, the people alone: relieve their suffering, wipe away their tears and obtain for each one the strength necessary to carry out God’s will.
Be the protection of all who relieve, day after day, the sufferings of these brothers. And it helps us to grow in the knowledge of Christ, who with His death and resurrection overcame the power of evil and death.
Our Lady of Lourdes, intercede for us!
Source – Wikipedia
Picture – The statue within the rock cave at Massabielle in Lourdes, where Saint Bernadette Soubirous claimed to have witnessed the Blessed Virgin Mary, though she disapproved of its artistic demeanor. Now a religious grotto.