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The altar of Our Lady of Lourdes in St Patrick’s church in Soho, London.

The altar of Our Lady of Lourdes in St Patrick’s church in Soho, London.

La Madonna di LourdesThe cover of an Italian book about  Our Lady of Lourdes.

La Madonna di Lourdes

The cover of an Italian book about Our Lady of Lourdes.

A vintage postcard from the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Oostakker, Belgium.

A vintage postcard from the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Oostakker, Belgium.

(Source: verzameloord.blogspot.com)

Go drink at the spring and wash yourself in it.
- Mary in Lourdes, 28 February 1858

Go drink at the spring and wash yourself in it.

- Mary in Lourdes, 28 February 1858

Our Lady of Lourdes in the church of Santa Caterina d’Italia in Valletta, Malta.

Our Lady of Lourdes in the church of Santa Caterina d’Italia in Valletta, Malta.

Our lovely Queen of May!

Our lovely Queen of May!

(Source: Flickr / inesca)

Ntra. Sra. de LourdesA postcard from the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in La Nou, Spain.

Ntra. Sra. de Lourdes

A postcard from the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in La Nou, Spain.

The chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes in the parish church of Melilli, Italy.

The chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes in the parish church of Melilli, Italy.

An art deco wall souvenir from Lourdes, depicting the apparition of Mary to St Bernadette.

An art deco wall souvenir from Lourdes, depicting the apparition of Mary to St Bernadette.

N.S. di LourdesA vintage holy card of Our Lady of Lourdes from Chiampo, Italy.

N.S. di Lourdes

A vintage holy card of Our Lady of Lourdes from Chiampo, Italy.

Our Lady of Lourdes in Lanzarote, Spain.

Our Lady of Lourdes in Lanzarote, Spain.

(Source: shaluna.deviantart.com)

A Parisian engraving of pilgrims in prayer before the grotto in Lourdes.

A Parisian engraving of pilgrims in prayer before the grotto in Lourdes.

Lourdes

If I were sick of some deadly disease, and it were revealed to me that I must die, yet none the less I should go to Lourdes; for if I should not be healed by Mary, I could at least learn how to suffer as a Christian ought. God has chosen this place - He only knows why, as He, too, alone chooses which man shall suffer and which be glad - He has chosen this place to show His power; and therefore has sent His Mother there, that we may look through her to Him.

- From the book Lourdes by Robert Hugh Benson (read online)

Overflowing

Behold, I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall suck, you shall be carried upon her hip, and dandled upon her knees.

- Isaiah 66:12, the first reading for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

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