Monday, 31 August 2009

The Lourdes Rosary Procession

One of the great highlights of Lourdes which even the sixties liturgical vandals could not succeed in wrecking is the evening torchlit rosary procession, which is done in the multiple languages: Latin, French, Italian, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Croatian.

Interspersed with the decades are the Lourdes Ave, and unfortunately as well as that dreadful hymn 'As I kneel before you' (its author should have been shot).

Eventually everyone gathers up in front of the Rosary Basilica, and the evening ends with the Salve Regina, with the final blessing given in Latin. Which is more than you will get in the average French parish, with the exception of those that use the 1962 missal.

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