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2020 Jubilee 2021
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST - 12/13


ON ACCOUNT OF THE PANDEMIC
CARDINAL SEAN HAS EXTENDED
THE JUBILEE YEAR TO JUNE 2022


MIRACLES OF LOURDES AND THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 

(Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, an Anglican convert to Catholicism, made a pilgrimage to Lourdes on its 50th Jubilee Year, 1908. Here he describes watching the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament moving along the lines of very sick people and the miracles which occurred on that day.)

A sudden cry had broken out and it ran through the whole space; waxing in volume as it ran, till the heads beneath my window shook with it also; hands clapped, voices shouted: “Un miracle! Un miracle!”

I was on my feet, staring and crying out. Them, quietly the shaking ceased, and the shouting died to a murmur; and the ombrellino moved on, and again the voice of the priest thrilled thin and clear, with a touch of triumphant thankfulness: “Vous êtes la Resurrection and la Vie” (You are the Resurrection and the Life). And again, with entreaty once more— since there were two thousand sick untouched by that Power, and time pressed—that infinitey moving plea” “Seigneur, celui qui vous aime est malade!” And: “Seigneur, faites que je marche! Seigneur, faites que j’entende!” (Lord, he whom You love is sick...Lord, grant that I may walk! Lord, grant that I may hear!)

And then the finger of God flashed down, and again and again; and each time a sick and broken body sprang from its bed of pain and stood upright; and the crowd smiled and roared and sobbed. Five times I saw that swirl and rush; the last when the Te Deum pealed out from the church steps as Jesus in His Sacrament came home again. And there were two that I did not see. There were seven in all that afternoon. 

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Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is Newton and Needham Massachusetts's oldest Roman Catholic Parish. Founded as Saint Mary's Parish in 1870 it was renamed "Mary Immaculate of Lourdes" when the new Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. In addition to being a regular territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Boston it is also a "Mission Parish" since 2007 with a special apostolate for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

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