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Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto


Welcome to the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at the Minor Basilica of St. Anne in Bukit Mertajam. This serene grotto was erected by Father Stephen Liew and opened on October 1, 2006, at the base of St. Anne's Hill.

The Story of Our Lady of Lourdes
To truly appreciate the significance of this grotto, we must journey back to the small town of Lourdes in France, where a remarkable series of apparitions occurred in the year 1858. It was in this humble village that a young peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous experienced encounters with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The apparitions began on February 11th, when Bernadette, just 14 years old, witnessed a beautiful lady clothed in white, standing in a small niche within a rocky outcrop known as Massabielle. Over the course of several weeks, the lady revealed herself to be the Immaculate Conception, identifying herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Word of Bernadette's encounters spread rapidly, attracting both believers and skeptics alike. Despite facing skepticism and criticism, Bernadette remained steadfast in her faith and continued to receive visits from the Virgin Mary. During the apparitions, the Virgin Mary instructed Bernadette to drink from a spring that miraculously appeared, which later became known for its healing properties.

The main message that Our Lady brought was one of prayer, penance, and conversion. She asked Bernadette to "pray for sinners" and to "do penance for the conversion of the world." This message has been carried to the faithful in Bukit Mertajam, and the grotto serves as a reminder of Mary's call for prayer and penance.

Our Lady, or the Virgin Mary, is revered as the mother of Jesus Christ. She is often seen as a figure of compassion, love, and mercy. Relating to Our Lady can take many forms. Some find solace in her motherly care, others seek her intercession, and still others strive to emulate her virtues. Praying the Rosary, a devotional practice dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is one way of cultivating a deeper relationship with her.

The Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in the parish is more than just a physical location. It is a symbol of faith, a beacon of hope, and a testament to the power of prayer. Whether you seek healing, peace, or simply a deeper spiritual connection, this sacred site offers a unique opportunity to experience the grace and love of Our Lady.

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