Sunday, June 9, 2013

St Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes

Today’s Sunday is dedicated to the appearances of the Blessed Mary after her ascension into the heavens. The Blessed Mother has been a Divine Queen of peace, protection and piety, she has been the mother for all who needed her. She comes in many forms and many shades, each to relate and protect the people whom are in need her mothering. Today is a special Saint Sunday because with the Vision of our Blessed Mother we also have birth of the Holy Saint Bernadette.

The First One we will start with is our Lady of Lourdes who appeared in a vision on February 11, 1858 to a young woman named Bernadette Soubirous.  The woman said to Bernadette, “I am the Immaculate Conception”  Bernadette came from a poor family, who were not strong in their faith.  Bernadette herself was a sickly child and not very learned, but prayed the Our Father as well as other common prayers.  The Blessed Virgin appeared as a humble woman to a humble girl, not superior, but as a polite woman.

Bernadette, being poor, would go and collect wood and bones to sell in the town for money.  While wading through the water of the Grotto de Massabielle she heard a ‘coups de vent’, or gusts of wind, but the foliage around Bernadette did not move.  From a dark alcove appeared a glowing white figure of the Blessed Mother, Bernadette became frightened and fled.  She tried to keep this vision a secret, but when she was told of her vision Bernadette received corporal punishment.

Bernadette returned to the Grotto de Massabielle, this time with holy water to scare off the apparition if it came with evil intent  The Blessed Virgin allowed her to pour the holy water over her, and then the Blessed Virgin filled Bernadette with divine ecstasy

When she went back to her village, her parents ordered Bernadette not to return to the Grotto.  Bernadette knew in her heart that this was an apparition of the Blessed Mother, and she knew that she must return  When she returned to the Grotto the Blessed Mother told her to dig, and when she did, she unearthed holy waters that had healing powers.

Bernadette worked for many years in the infirmary at the Covenant of Saint Gildard, until her health became too much for her to deal with.  The Monsignor of her parish asked the Sisters of Nevers if they would take her in, the sisters replied, “ Monsignor, she will be a pillar of the infirmary.”

Bernadette was eventually overcome by illness and was laid to rest on April 16, 1879, at Saint Gildard Convent Crypt.  In 1909 her body was exhumed from the crypt and it was incorrupt, which means the body had not decayed.  Today, her body looks as if she is sleeping and her complexion still filled with the spirit of life.

In 1933 Sister Bernadette of Lourdes was canonized for answering miracles of bodily healing.

The best description of our Lady of Lourdes comes from the mouth of Saint Bernadette herself.  When Bernadette was questioned of the apparition she said “She was a pretty young girl with a rosary over her arm. She was wearing a white robe with a blue girdle, and had a white veil over her and a yellow rose at each foot.”  

St Bernadette is the Patron Saint of: Bodily illness, the poor and ridiculed, shepherds, poverty, and  sick people.

St Bernadette’s Feast Day is April 16

Prayer to Saint Bernadette for Healing

Light a yellow Candle

Holy Saint Bernadette, heal my body as you have healed so many others
Take my pain from me that I may feel whole again.
As you understand the suffering, may your grace remove this burden
Holy Saint Bernadette may my body be miraculously healed through the Grace of Our Lady of Lourdes
St Bernadette look over me in my time of need as you heal my body Amen
Our Lady of Lourdes is prayed to for: Healing and Body ailments

Our Lady of Lourdes can be used to represent Orisha Oshun

Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day is February 11

Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes over healing waters

Place bowl of water with yellow rose petals in it. Then place a white 7 day candle in the middle of the water.

Blessed is our Lady of Lourdes who looked upon us as friends
Blessed is your healing hand upon this water
Holy Mother bless this water for healing just as you created a holy font for Saint Bernadette.
Make this water for the healing of body and soul
Our Lady of Lourdes, give this water the Healing Power of your Miraculous Grace Amen

Keep Candle lit and in water, doing Prayer for 5 days, on the 5th day say prayer then remove petals and dry them for healing sachet.  

St Bernadettes Garlic Chicken Soup

1 Hen
2 Carrots
3 Stalks of Celery
3 Potatoes
1 Leek
15 Cloves of Garlic
Oregano fresh herbs
Parsley fresh herbs
Rosemary fresh herbs
2 eggs
½ cup flour
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
salt and pepper to personal taste

Slow cook the hen in water. Boil hen until the meat falls off the bones. Remove hen from boiling water and allow meat to sit and cool.  Dice Carrots, Celery, Potatoes, and Leeks.  Mince the 15 cloves of garlic.  Remove stems from the herbs and finely chop.  Place vegetables in water and allow them to cook slowly.  Pull the meat apart into small chunks. Put meat back into the soup and allow the vegetables and herbs to soften and stew. Cook for about 30 min  

In a small bowl take the eggs and flour and mix together till smooth.  Mix in onion powder and garlic powder, mixing again till smooth.

Bring soup to a rolling boil. With a spoon drop egg and flour mixture into the soup, it will take on a noodle-like consistency.

Our Lady of Lourdes Healing Tea Bath

(all dry ingredients)
5 Zest of Lemon
5 Dried Yellow Rose
5 Tablespoons of Chamomile
5 Tablespoons of Lavender
5 Tablespoons of Jasmine Flowers

Place herbs in a piece of muslin and tie at the top.  When running a hot tub, place satchel in the bath and allow it to seep.  When water cools enough climb in and enjoy the healing bath.

When the Divine comes to us, do not be afraid because they can change our lives.  Be humble and dig deep, the treasures of the soul will benefit the body.  Allow yourself to heal through prayer and the grace of the divine.  Heal the soul and the body will follow, trust in your faith and it will strengthen the self. Ase Papa O

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