Lourdes in rain, in sun and at night
56th international pilgrimage brings thousands; British Association is oversubscribed with members, volunteers, malades
Lourdes, 6 May 2014
Lourdes, the marial procession wends its way
It rained and it blew and then the sun shone on the 56th international Lourdes pilgrimage for the Order of Malta. But the typical Pyrenees spring did not deter over 6,000 members, volunteers and malades.
The British Association’s bookings were over subscribed, with strong support from all the members and volunteers, and especially many younger ones, who turned out in high numbers and were invaluable with their work with the disabled pilgrims.
A highlight was the candlelight procession, weaving its way slowly as evening turned to night and all gathered in front of the Notre Dame du Rosaire de Lourdes basilica.
Photo: Julian Andrews