Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
I woke up early this morning and quickly prepared myself despite the fact that I barely had enough sleep, 2 hours atleast. We went to the famous Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in San Jose del Monte City of Bulacan. I’ve been looking forward to visiting this place and attending the mass here, because aside from it’s the popular replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France, they said St. Bernadette also has her own (separate) statue here.
All of the females in the family on my mother’s side grew up devoted to Our Lady of Lourdes. That is why every 11th of February, we always dress up like Our Lady of Lourdes, in a white dress and blue belt, attend the holy mass and other activities we usually do. I’ve heard her story and Saint Bernadette countless times since I was small and up until now, I’m still amazed on how my mom named me after St. Bernadette.
The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is a famous religious and ecological tourist destination and attraction in Graceville, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan. It features a Calvary Hill with life-size statues representing the 14 Stations of the Cross, and a Rosary Hill with 155 huge concrete beads. It also features a small spring whose water, running beneath the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, is claimed to be miraculous.
Sharing with you guys the photos I took before and after attending the mass.
Photo above: a close up photo, from the entrance.
Inside the church, before the holy mass has started.
We lit some candles after the mass and offered our prayers and petitions.
Candles can be bought at 3 pesos each or 60 pesos per pack.
The entrance to the miraculous spring water.