The Holy Father has granted a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions (confession, Holy Communion, prayers for the intentions of the Pope, and complete detachment from sin) for all who, from February 2-11, inclusive, visit devoutly a shrine or image of Our Lady of Lourdes solemnly displayed. And, “in the presence of that image perform some pious act of Marian devotion, or at least pause to reflect for an appropriate length of time, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer, some legitimate form of the Profession of Faith, and the Jubilee prayer or some other Marian invocation.”
The jubilee prayer is below, but any other Marian invocation will suffice:
Prayer of the Jubilee Year of 2008
God our Father, among all creatures You have formed Mary, the perfect creature, the “Immaculate Conception”. Here in Lourdes she proclaimed this name and Bernadette repeated it. The Immaculate Conception; this is a cry of hope: evil, sin, and death are no longer victors. Mary, precursory sign, dawn of salvation!
Mary, You, the innocence and refuge of sinnersWe pray to you.
Hail Mary……….. !
Lord Jesus, You gave us Mary as our Mother. She shared Your Passion and Resurrection. Here in Lourdes she showed herself to Bernadette, saddened by our sins but radiant with Your light. Through her, we entrust to You our joys and our sorrows, our own, those of the sick, and those of all people.
Mary, Our sister and our mother, our confidant, and our help, we pray to you.
Hail Mary……….. !
Holy Spirit, you are the Spirit of love and unity. Here in Lourdes, through Bernadette, Mary asked for a Chapel, and for people to come in procession. Inspire the Church which Christ is building on Peter’s faith: that it may be one. Guide the pilgrimage of the Church: that it may be faithful and daring!
Mary, you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are the spouse and the servant. You are the model for Christians, and the maternal face of the Church. We pray to you.
Hail Mary……….. !
For the many graces received here, for all the conversions, all the forgiveness, all the healings, for the vocations and promises which you have witnessed or engendered, for the love of serving others, which you have let us experience, Our Lady of Lourdes, we thank you!
With all our brothers and sisters of the human race, with all people in need of peace and justice, with young people in search of a way, you who appeared so young to little Bernadette, with all those who are in mourning, who are ill, handicapped, or facing a setback, with those who may have a reason for despair: Our Lady of Lourdes, we pray to you!
Because you are the smile of God, the reflection of the light of Christ, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, because you chose Bernadette in her misery, because you are the star of the morning, the gate of Heaven, and the first resurrected creature, we praise you, we acclaim you and with you we sing the wonders of God.
This prayer is comprised of six verses. The first three or second three may be used separately at different times.
A Hail Mary may be said after each verse.
As it so happens, there is an image of Our Lady of Lourdes solemnly displayed at St. Francis de Sales Oratory
, in the main vestibule. Surely this is a very convient way to earn several plenary indulgences for ourselves and our deceased families and friends.