Lourdes Experience 2008
Posted: December 8, 2008 by piusranson in Life, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism
Date: 6th December 2008
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
No, people. It is not another pop-star concert or another Hey-i-am-enjoying-myself-yet-praising-God-at-the-same-time “church concert” by the protestants. Yes, it is a Catholic event. This event was organised by the Singapore Order of Malta for singaporean Catholics to experience how it is like in Lourdes though not totally. I bet the people working in the Singapore Indoor Stadium must be wondering, “Hey! Are these Christians ? Why are they even not jumping or shouting ? how solemn ! ” This event marked the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady or Lourdes’ Appearance to a girl named Bernadette Soubirous (i hope i did get her name right). She didn’t even know it was the Virgin Mary, not even when Our Lady revealed her identity at the request of Bernadette’s Bishop with the words, “Que soy era Immaculada Councepciou” or “I am the Immaculate Conception”. The feast of the Immaculate Conception is on the 8th December every year. It is tomorrow!
Ian got the ticket for me. Met him at Kallang MRT Station before making our way to the Indoor Stadium. Initially it was raining but somehow the rain stopped to allow us to take the bus 11 across the road.
The Servant of God with Mary, a gift of God to us.
No, we don’t pray to Statues. We have Statues so that we can concentrate and focus. So stop accusing us of praying to Statues.
The Lady dressed in white and blue is my Mother. Mother of Christ! Mother of Mine!
Saw that woman praying ? She is not praying to Mary, she’s asking Mary, her and HIS beloved mother to pray for her and with her to the Triune God.
I so love the AM behind his Cassock. It stands for Ave Maria. Look at that crown above it !
We crown her the Queen of Heaven, our Mediatrix and Co-redemptrix. Note that i only said i love the “AM” and not the piece of clothing.
the censing of the bread and wine
Can you smell the incense from here? The smoke symbolises prayer rising up to God. Seldom, protestants use incense. They just need a microphone, a hall and envelopes. 😉
“From the angel’s hand the smoke of the incense went up before God, and with it the prayers of God’s people” (Rev. 8:3-5).
Oh mi Jesu !
Saw the piece of host in the Monstrance? No, it DOES NOT represent Jesus. It is Jesus.
First we had Mass, followed by the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and then the recitation of the Holy Rosary in various Languages. The scene of people singing the “Ave! Ave! Ave Maria! Ave! Ave! Ave Maria!” just kept running through my mind. Memorable event for me.
When will the Pope come to Singapore ? Hmm…