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shrines of france pilgrimage Lourdes Lisieux 7 nights. Code 14 lourdes france.

Day 1 - shrines of france pilgrimage Lourdes Lisieux. Lourdes Upon your arrival in Lourdes transfer to your hotel. Relax or explore before dinner, followed by a candlelight procession before retiring. Dinner and overnight.

Days 2 & 3 - Lourdes Mass at the Grotto, enjoy a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes, and walk in the footsteps of St Bernadette. See Boly Mill where St Bernadette was born and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette's impoverished family. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring or submerge yourself in the healing baths. Experience Christ's love as you walk the life-sized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto. Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto, in obedience to the request of the "Immaculate Conception." Evenings are for Blessed Sacrament Procession before dinner. Your role in the universal church will have new meaning as you join the candlelight procession and group rosary. (candle light procession and group rosary April through October only)

Day 4 - Lourdes - Nevers After breakfast leave on the flight to Paris or Lyon. Upon arrival, you will meet your new guide. We will travel by motor coach to the town of Nevers by way of the picturesque Loire Valley. After taking the veil in 1867, St Bernadette lived for 12 years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Nevers. At least three times during her short life-time, she received the last Sacraments. She was gradually struck by other illnesses as well as asthma: among them, tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor on her right knee. St Bernadette eventually died at the age of 35. See St Bernadette's incorrupt body at the convent of St Gildard, miraculously preserved since her death in 1879. Overnight in Nevers.

Day 5 - Nevers - Chartres - Lisieux After breakfast we depart for Chartres, famous for its stained-glass windows and wonderful colors dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. We will tour the Cathedral followed by free time for to explore and enjoy Chartres and it's famed maze on your own. Dinner and overnight in Lisieux.

Day 6 - Lisieux - Rouen - Paris After breakfast we enjoy a tour of Lisieux, the home of St Therese whom Pope Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times." Her extraordinary love for God and service to humanity comes alive as you visit the Basilica of Saint Therese, one of the biggest and most magnificent religious structures built in the 20th century. During our stay in Lisiuex a mass will be celebrated. We will stop at Les Buissonets, St. Therese's family home, there on display are relics, clothing, and personal objects belonging to the "little flower." Before leaving tour the ancient Cathedral of St Peter and the Carmelite Convent. We continue on to Rouen where on the 30th May 1431, Joan of Arc was burnt at Place du Vieux Marche. We will visit the Joan of Arc museum and Rouen church. We continue on to Paris for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 - Paris Wake up in Paris and depart for mass at Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. View the incorrupt body of St Catherine Labouret whose guardian angel led her to the chapel where the Blessed Virgin displayed a vision of the miraculous medal and later the green scapular. The Virgin promised bountiful graces for all who wore these. Our sightseeing tour includes some of the most beautiful and important churches in the world such as Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coeur, see the sights as the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, and drive through the Champs Elysees. Enjoy other sights on this mostly panoramic tour. Return to the hotel for little relaxing, dinner and overnight.

Day 8 - Depart from Paris Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Lourdes. Visit Lourdes, the birthplace of St Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. While in Lourdes drink from the spring that the Virgin directed Bernadette to locate at the base of the grotto, which has flowed uninterrupted since 1858. Wash yourself in the baths where miraculous cures have taken place. Contemplate Christ's Passion as you pray the unique three-dimensional Stations of the Cross.

Attend the blessing of the sick, and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady. Visit town of Lisieux, the home of St Therese whom Pope Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times" Visit Paris and all its wonderful sights like Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coeur, see the sights as the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de Triomphe, and drive through the Champs Elysees. Mass at Shrine of the Miraculous Medal.

Nevers St. Gildard's Convent enshrines the uncorrupted body of St. Bernadette. At the conclusion of the eighteen apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, St Bernadette lived for 12 years as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Nevers.

La Salette Located in a high alpine pasture in the French Alps, La Salette is the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1846 to two shepherds, Melanie Matthew and Maximin Gird. A spring forever marks the spot where the Virgin appeared and where millions of pilgrims come to in order to drink the fresh spring water and to pray. The stunning mountain scenery and lush mountain trails make La Salette one of the most spectacular pilgrimage sites in France, with a beautiful Basilica built to honor the Virgin Mary.

Paray Le Monial Chapel of the Visitation. This was where Jesus exposed His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. The Reliquary of St. Margaret contains her relics, located underneath a wax figure of the saint.

Lisieux Lisieux is home of St Therese of the Child Jesus whom Pope Pius X called "the greatest saint of modern times." Les Buissonets, her family home. On display are relics, clothing, and personal objects. Paris Shrine of the Miraculous Medal The incorrupt body of St Catherine Labouret.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris In addition to the great architecture of the church, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame enshrines the holy relic, the Crown of Thorns. In 1806 the Crown was deposited in the Cathedral. 1896 a magnificent new reliquary of rock crystal was made for it. The Crown of Thorns was gift of the Latin Emperor of Constantinople to Louis, King of France in 1238. The Crown now consists of circlets of rushes with no sign of thorns. The thorns were broken off and given out as gifts.

-SARDIS-IZMIR Drive to Sardis, the capital of Lydian Kingdom which houses one of the seven churches, and see the ruins of the largest synagogue ever excavated. Continue to Alasehir (Philadelphia) to see the Church of St. John. Arrive in Izmir and visit to the Church of St. Polycarp, the oldest church in ancient Smyrna, and the Agora. Overnight in Izmir (B, D).

 

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