From 23-24 October Worth Abbey was blessed to welcome the Relics of St Bernadette.
Worth Abbey was privileged to welcome the Relics of Saint Bernadette on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th October. The stream of pilgrim visitors, who came from all over the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and beyond, experienced a warm welcome from a wonderful band of volunteers. The special Services were celebrated by Bishop Richard, Abbot Mark and Dom Stephen. Each Service had its own character, reflecting something of Lourdes and something of the humility and simplicity of Saint Bernadette. They included a Mass with the Anointing of the Sick, a candlelight procession, and a liturgy using Lourdes Water. The celebration of the Monastic Office continued in its usual schedule.
It is rightly said that Saint Bernadette points people to Our Lady, and Our Lady points people to Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life. This was the experience of the pilgrim visitors. The beautiful Reliquary, positioned on the Sanctuary, was the focus of veneration between the Services. The evident faith and wonderful devotion of the pilgrim visitors was a powerful witness to the holiness of Saint Bernadette and of all the Saints. As she promised, Saint Bernadette was touching our lives from heaven.
The Visit of the Relics of Saint Bernadette to all the dioceses of England and Wales will surely have been a great encouragement for the reinvigoration of pilgrimages to Lourdes after the covid pandemic.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.