Morning arrival at Charles DeGaulle Airport. Upon arrival we enjoy a tour of Paris, including the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and the Champs-Elysees. Our final stop before dinner is the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal on the Rue de Bac. Here Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Labouré and asked her to have a medal made with the inscription “Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”.
We begin today with Mass at the Sacré-Coeur Basilica on top of Montmartre Hill, where there has been perpetual Eucharistic adoration for over a century. We then visit Saint Peter’s of Montmartre (where the Society of Jesus was formed), and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. We will enjoy lunch on our own, and finish out the afternoon with a visit to the Place de la Nation where the Carmelites of Compiegne were martyred. We’ll see Cimitiere Picpus where their remains are in a mass grave, followed by dinner and the remainder of the night at leisure.
Following breakfast, we continue our visit at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, where the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858 when Bernadette was just 14. We’ll have a guided tour of St. Bernadette’s home, the basilica, and her environs that will give us a deeper understanding of St. Bernadette’s life and her relationship with Mary, the Immaculate. This afternoon we walk and pray in the Eucharistic Procession.
This morning following breakfast we visit the Carmelite Monastery in Lourdes, built over the spot where the Blessed Virgin had appeared a final time to St. Bernadette, who described her as “more beautiful than ever.” We see the Cave of Apparitions and the Basilica of Our Lady of The Rosary. In the afternoon we’ll have free time to participate in the ceremonies of the Sanctuary and bathe in the miraculous waters, where many have been healed. After dinner, we participate in the Candlelight Rosary Procession.
Following breakfast, we travel to the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat. There we’ll visit the basilica, which was dedicated to Our Lady of Montserrat. Following our visit we will continue to Barcelona. Dinner.
Celebrate Mass at the crypt of La Sagrada Familia, followed by a visit to the elaborate, expansive basilica. Once completed, Gaudi's masterpiece will have 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, four to the evangelists, one to Jesus and another to Mary. Later, get to know more of the city's treasures, including views of Antonio Gaudi's Mila House (UNESCO), the Columbus Monument and Parc de Montjuic. This afternoon we take an excursion to the quaint mountain village of Montserrat. This evening we gather for our Farewell dinner.
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