Naour Marian grotto becomes a member of the Family of Our Lady of Lourdes

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Naour Marian grotto becomes a member of the Family of Our Lady of Lourdes

By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org

The Our Lady of Lourdes in southern France has granted the grotto which bears the same name in Naour, Jordan, membership of the Family of Our Lady of Lourdes during two distinguished celebrations held in honor of the Jordanian delegation performing pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes in southern France. The two events were organized by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan in cooperation with the Golden Crown for Travel and Tourism office.

Bishop of Tarbes et Lourdes Nicolas Jean René Brouwet, celebrated Mass with Fr. Rifat Bader, parish priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Naour, at the Church of St. Gabriel which abuts the site of Miriam apparition, which was attended by the Jordanian pilgrims.

Bishop Brouwet highlighted the importance of Our Lady of Lourdes grotto stating that this is the site where human weakness meets with the divine power through Virgin Mary. He also expressed his love for the Holy Land and the Latin Patriarchate stating that it became part of him after having served at the Beit Jala Seminary in the 1980s.

Stressing that he prays for the Holy Land and the Arab countries, he lauded the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto in Naour and said that he looks forward to the day when he visits Jordan and prays at a grotto that bears a name dear to him.

Fr. Bader thanked Bishop Brouwet for celebrating Mass and presented him with the CCSM placard, a sample from the water of the River Jordan as well as an Arabic-language version of the book, "The Name of God is Mercy" and Jordanian sweets.

In the afternoon, another celebration took place in the presence of Fr. André Carp, president of Family of Our Lady of Lourdes who talked the values of the spiritual family, and then presented a certificate signed by Bishop Brouwet stipulating that the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto in Naour has already acquired the membership of the Family of Our Lady of Lourdes. Every participant was given a necklace with the images of the Virgin and St. Bernadette, with each pilgrim in the group becoming an individual member of the Family of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 13:51
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