Mater Admirabilis, ora pro nobis!
A Parisian engraving of the miraculous image of the Mother Most Admirable in the church of Trinita dei Monti, Rome.
The words ‘Ego flos campi et lilium convallium’ are taken from the Song of Solomon and translate as: I am the flower of the field and the lily of the valleys.
Pilgrims filling bottles with water from the spring in the grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes.
The location of the spring was described to Bernadette Soubirous by Mary in February 1858. Since that time millions of pilgrims have followed Mary’s instruction to “drink at the spring and wash in it”.
Although never actively encouraged by the Church, Lourdes water has become a focus of the pilgrimage to the French shrine. The water is believed to possess healing power. Miraculous springs are also found at many other Marian shrines around the world.