Day 3: Thursday April 30th.
This day was so long, I have broken it into 2 parts...this is part one:
Apparently, travel is not agreeing with me...an intestinal bug has found me and kept me up all night with hourly runs to the bathroom. I feel terrible and am afraid to eat. "Just hang in there, Mom," Hank tells me, "you just need to make it to the baths and then you will be better." (I have faith that he is right...and I love that his faith is so strong)
Thy were engaging and interesting and although Hank didn't say much, I know he was feeling better just being around a family. After breakfast, we had a meeting where we learned about the baths, which we would be visiting later in the day, as well as the other things we would be doing. As I looked around the room at all the other members of our team...I saw the hopeful faces of the other Malades and companions. Full of apprehension at what is to come...washing of the feet, visiting the baths where we would be immersed in the sacred waters of Lourdes, and so much more.
Hank and I had talked about the voitures before leaving for Lourdes...the whole idea was weird and uncomfortable for Hank...having people pull you in a cart, being looked at by others... so I know he stepped into the cart with a feeling of unease. But as he looked around the garage and saw all the other Malades in the same position, I think he felt better.
Our team, was full of positive energy as they buzzed around Hank. Blankets,
Once there, the Malades were helped down and escorted to their seats. Hank and I sat together, surrounded by all the other Malades and companions, while the Knights and Dames took their seats behind us. The procession into the church started as numerous priests filed in to the strains of beautiful organ music and the choir lifted in song. After a welcome, they had the blessing of the
The last ceremony of the morning, was the Washing of the Feet. Our Blessed Lord washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper, So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.’
After the ceremony, the Malades were placed back in their voitures and started the procession back to the hotel. We could see the grotto from across the river, and stopped to take some photos. We headed back to the hotel for lunch, where we would prepare for our walk to the baths...
|Hank and our voiture team at the Domain|
|Hank and I in front of the Grotto. The statue of the Blessed Virgin is visible between our heads.|
|Central Coast Boys|
|At the bridge, looking at the Rosary Basilica.|