Monday 4th June
Check in at Dublin airport for our Aer Lingus flight EI532 to Toulouse. Coach transfer to the 4* Hotel Astrid and check in for 4 nights on a full board basis.
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Tuesday 5th June
After Morning Holy Mass your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the Sanctuary area followed by our Group photo. After Lunch in your hotel, you guide will arrange a tour of the Stations of the Cross. Back to the hotel for Dinner. After Dinner we participate in the evening torchlight procession.
As early as 18th February 1858, the day of the third Apparition, one of the two people accompanying Bernadette had carried a candle. After this, Bernadette herself always came with a candle. The iconic Lourdes Torchlight Procession, known throughout the world, was introduced in Lourdes in 1863 by Father Marie-Antoine, a Capuchin also known as the ‘Saint of Toulouse’. The Marian Procession is the most popular celebration in Lourdes.
During the Procession, and depending on the day, the pilgrims recite the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful or Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. At the beginning of each decade, a few words in several languages give direction to the prayer so that it does not become a monotonous repetition. The Ave Maria and other hymns can be heard in many languages. In the serenity of the evening, each pilgrim carries his or her own personal intentions as the prayer gathers the assembly “of all nations, people and languages” with the Virgin Mary, like the disciples in the Cenacle after the Ascension of Christ. The procession always takes place regardless of the weather
Wednesday 6th June
09.15 Leave Hotel for 09.45 Mass in the Poor Clares and some free time for private prayer and reflection Afternoon optional tour to Gavarnie. After Dinner participate in the evening torchlight procession.
Thursday 7th June
Morning free to visit to the Baths of Lourdes, a focal point of the sanctuary, filled with the"healing" spring water of Lourdes. Immerse yourself in the baths where hundreds of miraculous healing's have taken place. "Go and drink at the spring and wash yourself there!” these words of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette during one of the Apparitions inspired the creation of the Baths near the Grotto in which the pilgrims are immersed. Lunch at the Hotel. Afternoon optional visit to Bartres for Mass. Evening lighting of our group candle. After Dinner participate in the evening torchlight procession.
Friday 8th June
After Breakfast we have some free time around the sanctuary. After Lunch we take our transfer to Toulouse airport for our return Aer Lingus flight EI533 back to Dublin. Check-in at 15.00pm for a departure of 17.00pm, arriving back in Dublin at 18.15pm.
*It is our intention to follow the itinerary as outlined above, however due to many factors like local holidays, traffic or weather conditions it may be necessary to make changes to the order of events or even the cancelation of certain events.