Today is the feast of Our Lady Lourdes, who first appeared to Bernadette Soubris on February 11, 1858. Bernadette described Our Lady as a pretty young girl with a Rosary over her arm. Her white robe was encircled by a blue girdle and she wore a white veil. There was a yellow rose on each foot.
The statue of Our Lady seen in St James’ church in Medjugorje is of Our Lady of Lourdes, and was restored in 1986. In 2005, it was given a new crown, designed by the Spanish artist, Angel Maria Garcia Alvarez, to mark the 24th anniversary of the apparitions in Medjugorje.
• The Rosary was in the hands of Our Lady in Lourdes and in Fatima… It is in the hands of Our Lady in Medjugorje… Today she places it in your hand… The Rosary – the hand of your mother in your hand. Fr Jozo Zovko OFM