Thank you to all who prayerfully participated in this year’s Archdiocesan Lourdes Day which took place at the Gillis Centre in Edinburgh, Sunday 26 May.

“We had about 90 pilgrims present, which was great,” said event organiser, Kris Thomas.

“There was a beautiful and prayerful atmosphere with one gentleman, whom I had never met before, telling me that the whole experience transported him back to his many pilgrimages to the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France.”

The afternoon began with a Marian procession around the grounds of the Gillis Centre, the former St Margaret’s Convent. The many pilgrims then gathered at the centre’s replica Lourdes grotto. Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the blessing of the sick then followed led by Archbishop Leo Cushley. The afternoon was rounded off with a celebratory reception.

“The Archdiocesan Lourdes Day achieved exactly what it set out to achieve – to bring the spirit of Lourdes alive in the heart of our archdiocese,” said Kris.

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