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Our Lady of Lourdes. 2011 by Stephen B Whatley

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Friday February 11, 2011 was the anniversary of the beginning of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to a young girl, Bernadette Soubirous - now St Bernadette - in 1858, in Lourdes, France. Since then , the Mother of God has been known in that region as Our Lady of Lourdes.

 

It was in a grotto that she first mircaculously appeared; and where on February 25, She told Bernadette to dig in the dirt around and drink the muddy water. The following day, water flowed from that spot; and on March 1st, a woman was cured of paralysis by dipping her hand into the spring.

 

A priest who had asked Bernadette to ask the beautiful lady who had appeared to her, her name, was convinced and confirmed it was indeed the Blessed Virgin Mary, as the young girl had answered "Immaculate Conception'; words she would not have known then.

 

Since then, thousands have made pilgrimages to this holy spot in France; and 67 known cures have been recognised by the church- though it is possible that many have gone unrecorded. It remains a great haven of hope; as do the prayers to Our Lady of Lourdes.

 

" It was cloudy and grey in London this February 11 as I prayed in preparation to paint this tribute, from my heart and soul - but just as I began, the sun broke through the cloud: my prayers were for healing for all those I know who are sick and suffering.

 

I hope viewers will be blessed with peace, hope and healing, through faith, by seeing this painting" ~ Stephen B Whatley, February 14, 2011

 

Our Lady of Lourdes. 2011 by Stephen B Whatley

Oil on canvas

36 x 24in/82 x 61cm

www.stephenbwhatley.com

 

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