The next healing service and candlelight procession at the Hanceville Lourdes Grotto will be at 7 pm on Thursday, July 16, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Shrine Lourdes Grotto Healing Service Candlelight Procession
A crowd of over 300 turned out for a healing service and candlelight procession at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament’s Lourdes Grotto on Saturday evening, June 27, the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Fr. Joseph M. Wolfe, of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, presided over the service and procession, along with some visiting priests who were making a retreat at the Shrine. Relics of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos were present and each person attending received an individual blessing with these relics.
This beautiful event saw attendees from around Cullman County, both the Dioceses of Birmingham and Mobile, parts of Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida and beyond. This was the third of a series of healing Masses, evening healing services and candlelight processions this year at the Shrine in Hanceville.
A replica of the original miraculous Grotto in Lourdes, France was dedicated at the Shrine in 2008—the 150th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to St. Bernadette. There is a piece of the stone from the original Grotto in France mounted in the Shrine Grotto for the veneration of the faithful. Also, as is the case in Lourdes, France, this Grotto rests alongside a river, which creates a peaceful and prayerful oasis.
Bishop Robert Baker has been extremely encouraging and instrumental in helping this Grotto to be a place which has enriched the spiritual lives of those in his Diocese and all who visit the Shrine. Each year he leads the Diocese’s annual October Rosary for Life and Vocations at the Grotto. Also, His Excellency was instrumental in getting a plenary indulgence attached to the Hanceville Grotto, which is granted to the faithful who make a pilgrimage there by fulfilling the usual norms and conditions.
In 2013, Bishop Baker hosted the Bishop of Lourdes, France, The Most Rev. Nicholas Brouwet. Both visited the Shrine’s Grotto and were able to pray at this replica, a replica which impressed Bishop Brouwet greatly.
The next healing service and candlelight procession at the Hanceville Lourdes Grotto will be at 7 pm on Thursday, July 16, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. All are invited and welcome to attend. Please feel free to invite your family and friends.
The Grotto is handicap accessible and wheelchairs are available, if needed. Join us as we honor Our Blessed Mother and ask Her intercession for the healing of our bodies and souls.
For more information about this event at the Shrine, call 205-795-5717 or visit www.olamshrine.com
all images by Luke Johnasen for Cullman Today
This story and all beautiful images are by citizen reporter Luke Johnasen.
Luke is the Director of Pilgrimages at Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Pilgrimages