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Immaculate Conception of Mary Chaplet

Feast: December 8th

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Brief History of the Apparition in Lourdes, France:

The centre of this chaplet is #228p Our Lady of Lourdes.

The medal is simply a Miraculous Medal. These can be found here.

The beads should be blue as the sash of Our Lady of Lourdes.

While gathering wood along the River Gave on February 11, 1858, Bernadette Soubirous hears a noise like thunder and sees a beautiful woman dressed in white. Three days later, she returns to the Grotto with friends, sees the vision again and falls into a deep rapture. On a third visit on February 18, Our Lady asks her to return for fifteen consecutive days.

Accompanied at first by her mother, Bernadette returns to fulfill Our Lady's request and is repeatedly transformed by her vision. Soon, many others gather at the site awaiting a sign. On February 25, Our Lady instructs Bernadette to wash but she finds no water. Digging at a spot pointed out by Our Lady, a trickle of water appears that soon turns into an abundant spring which continues to flow to this day.

As the word of Our Lady's appearance spreads, many ask for additional proof from Bernadette. During the sixteenth appearance on March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation), Our Lady reveals "I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION"! Two other appearances take place after this date, but Bernadette forever maintains a veil of secrecy on these encounters.

The appearance of Our Lady of Lourdes to this young shepherdess has led to the construction of a Basilica at the site, preservation of the Grotto and spring where Bernadette experienced her rapture and recognition by the Pope as a centre for healing. Since 1858, the Church lists fifty-one miraculous cures that have occurred at Lourdes.
Method of Recitation:
1) On the Miraculous Medal:
In the Name of the Father, etc.
Incline unto my aid O God, O Lord make haste to help me.

2) On each single bead:
Prayer for the set (see next column for prayer)
and then an Our Father.

3) On each set of 4 beads:
Hail Mary on each bead, and at the end of each Hail Mary add Blessed be the pure, holy, and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

4) Conclude the chaplet with a Glory Be, in honour of the purity of St. Joseph.

Prayers before the Our Father of each set:

1st set: I thank thee, O Eternal Father, because by Thy power Thou didst preserve Mary, Thy most Blessed daughter, from the stain of original sin.

2nd set: I thank Thee, O Eternal Son, because by Thy wisdom Thou didst preserve Mary, Thy most Blessed Mother, from the stain of original sin.

3rd set: I thank Thee, O Holy Ghost Eternal, because by Thy love Thou didst preserve Mary, Thy most Blessed Spouse, from the stain of original sin.