Beautiful dame On February 11, 1858, a heavenly figure appeared for the first time to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous. The girl described the appearance as ‘a beautiful lady, dressed in white with a blue belt and a yellow rose on both feet’. Immaculately Ontvangenis At the sixteenth appearance on 25 March 1858, Bernadette received an answer to her question as to who the lady was: “I asked her again, three times in a row, she kept smiling. Finally, I ventured for the fourth time and then she told me, with her hands folded on my chest, that she was the Immaculate Conception” [in the Occitan spoken by Bernadette: Qué soï era immaculado councepciou]. Heil der Zieken Since the recognition of the apparitions at Lourdes, this place has grown into one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the Christian world in the French Pyrenees. Maria had revealed a source at Massabielle to Bernadette. Its waters are said to be healing and are still being tapped en masse by believers. The Mother of God is therefore worshipped in Lourdes as the Sanctuary of the Sick. Our Lady of Lourdes also has the honour of being together: Troosteres der Bedroefden and Toevlucht der Zondaars.
15 x 4 cm
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