A sacred shrine in a diorama depicting the
amazing experience of being in the powerful
and healing energies of the sacred spring
at the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, France.
All the elements of the procession and devotion
to the Holy Woman, Our Lady of Lourdes,
whom appeared to Bernadette Soubirous
on many occasions, are used in this beautiful shrine.
I included one of the candles that I used during
my last pilgrimage to Lourdes during the candle lit procession
The background of the shrine is the front of the candle shield
The shrine has a replica of the image of the holy card
in tiny miniatures including Bernadette and her sheep
The shrine is dripping with Our Lady of Lourdes medals
brought back after having been dipped into the sacred
waters of the spring.
A very unusual piece of rosary with tiny images
of Our Lady and the Rose of Lourdes on each bead,
hangs down the one side.
On the back of the shrine is the Hail Mary
from the candle shield
I took this image from the internet at www.biblesetnombres.free.fr
It was taken from the top of the Basilica and it gives you an idea
of what the candle lit procession looks like.
This shrine forms part of my Our Lady of Lourdes Series
Catalogue number 385
The Grotto of Massabielle, Lourdes
Please read about my Art Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
And it is flying to the USA with
a bottle of water from the sacred spring
My prayers are with the world, with the cities of Paris and Beirut,
with each one of us and may we find the compassion to forgive
these painful acts of violence and destruction and take the
first step towards ending the vicious cycle of hate and retaliation.
Love is the strongest and most powerful force in the world.
May Love Prevail