Apparition Week: Our Lady of Lourdes
The apparition appeared to a young girl named Bernadette near the Pyranees in France in 1858. In order to test the authenticity of the apparition, Bernadette threw holy water at the lady claiming to be Mary. This met was met with approval by the apparition, and Bernadette fell into a trance. For the next 15 days the young girl returned to the site, prayed the Rosary, and became entranced. On the ninth day, she was directed into the grotto, where she dug and discovered a spring of water. Bernadette inquired as to the apparition’s identity, and was told “I am the Immaculate Conception.” The incorrupt body of St. Bernadette is on display in a chapel in Nevers, France. About 5 million pilgrims visit Lourdes annually.