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The Signs of Lourdes

The Water: The water that comes out of the springs in the sanctuary is not miraculous water, as it is drinkable water similar to any other water in the region. People drink this water and wash themselves under the hope and faith in the Virgin. Water in Lourdes is a sign, just as it is the water used for baptism. It is not a magic remedy.

The Rock: The Grotto is the place where the apparitions took place. It is the exact place where the apparitions of the Immaculate Conception took place. Stopping by the Grotto and touch the rock is one of the actions performed by pilgrims as it is an expression of faith. The rock is a hard and strong element that means support and holding point.

The light (& the candles): The light in Lourdes means faith and hope of illuminating and being illuminated. The lit candles before the Grotto represent the prayers of pilgrims. The Torchlight Marian Procession is the procession in which pilgrims carry a lit candle in their hands. It is one of the most important events in the.

The Crowd: Lourdes is a cosmopolite place open to the world. It welcomes people of any raze, language or nation. Here the Church is experienced as a reunion of sons of God.


The Sick: The mercy, care and attention paid to the people who are ill is one of the Lourdes ways of life. Every sick person that arrives comes under the protection of Virgin Mary.