“I am happy to return to Lourdes after so many years to give thanks, through the gift I received from heaven, for all that is extraordinary that has been given to me, and to thank the Virgin Mary…”
Opera singer Andrea Bocelli performed at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France on Sun., July 16, 2023.
The singer performed a free concert for pilgrims, commemorating the final apparition of Our Lady to Bernadette, which occurred on the July 16 feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Bernadette felt called to the Grotto on July 16, 1858. During this 18th and final apparition, a fence prohibited Bernadette’s access to the Massabielle grotto. She instead went to the other side of the grotto, where she saw Our Lady looking more beautiful than ever before.
“It felt as if I were in front of the Grotto, at the same distance as the other times, I only saw the Virgin, I have never seen her looking so beautiful!” Bernadette said.
According to the sanctuary’s website, Bocelli’s performance is part of a “cycle of performances in Marian shrines around the world.”
Here is a clip from the concert below:
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